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CDNow shutters Japan Web site

Online music site CDNow says it has shuttered its CDNow Japan Web site on Wednesday, but its Japan office will continue to operate through the end of August. A company spokesperson said that CDNow decided to close the office and Web site for budget reasons. The spokesperson could not comment on how many people were affected. In January, the Fort Washington, Pa.-based company laid off most of its sales staff as well as those in other departments. CDNow became a division of Bertelsmann's eCommerce Group after the German media conglomerate Bertelsmann acquired it for $117 million last year.

Online music site CDNow says it has shuttered its CDNow Japan Web site on Wednesday, but its Japan office will continue to operate through the end of August. A company spokesperson said that CDNow decided to close the office and Web site for budget reasons. The spokesperson could not comment on how many people were affected.

In January, the Fort Washington, Pa.-based company laid off most of its sales staff as well as those in other departments. CDNow became a division of Bertelsmann's eCommerce Group after the German media conglomerate Bertelsmann acquired it for $117 million last year.