Originally Posted by charmian
BTW, Japan has a retail price maintenance system for books (although not for ebooks), which means lack of discounts on physical books is the norm in Japan.
While that was true 20 years ago here, today there are shelves and shelves full of discounted books in all the major retailers. They are feeling the crunch from Japanese buying their books from Amazon.jp. One of the largest book sellers in Osaka has reduced stock by about 30%. It's actually comfortable to walk around the store now, as it no longer feels so crowded. And finally English language books are priced almost reasonably instead of costing double the suggested retail price. However, the selection went from three rows of shelves plus two walls to one row and half a wall...