• Kyodo, JIJI


Online retailer Rakuten Inc. said Friday it has decided to effectively postpone its plan to offer free shipping from March 18 following a backlash from retailers, who would shoulder the cost.

The e-commerce giant said its plan to ship all orders over ¥3,980 ($38) free of charge, excluding some areas, will begin only with retailers who are willing to shoulder the shipping cost as initially planned.

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