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SoftBank Group Corp., Aeon Co. and Yahoo Japan Corp. are considering launching a joint online shopping business to catch up to U.S. online retail giant Amazon.com Inc., a source close to the matter said Friday.

The three companies are discussing a joint venture to sell food, clothing and other products by sharing their products and customer data, the source said. Major Japanese retailer Aeon and internet service provider Yahoo Japan already run online businesses.

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