More than 20 stores on Rakuten Inc.’s online shopping mall are suspected of having pretended to offer big discounts by pricing some 1,000 items, including food, higher than their actual regular prices, it was learned Thursday.

The misleading prices were spotted during a sale held between Sunday night and early Thursday to celebrate the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles professional baseball team’s first-ever Japan Series championship.

The sale featured 77 pct discounts to correspond with the uniform number of Senichi Hoshino, the manager of the Rakuten-sponsored team.

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