Japan to investigate film sales

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The Japan Fair Trade Commission said Wednesday it will investigate charges of unfair competition in the Japanese photo film market. Eastman Kodak Co. has charged that Fuji Photo Film Co. dominates the market by controlling distribution.

Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. issued a statement welcoming the study, adding: ``In addition, we are pleased to learn ... that the study will also examine distribution practices in the U.S. and European markets ... We have consistently maintained that Kodak's activities in the U.S. are a critical benchmark against which to judge Fujifilm's practices in Japan.''

News of Japan's investigation comes as Japan's Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto prepares for a visit to the U.S.

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