Region: Japan

German enforcer: Innovation in digital economy is all about data access

The head of Germany’s Monopolies Commission has praised Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon for investing in innovation, but said they need to grant greater access to rivals.

03 June 2019

JFTC hones digital platform probe

Japan’s antitrust watchdog has seemingly narrowed its probe into several major digital platforms after users expressed concerns about unilateral changes to contract terms, opaque practices and data collection.

18 April 2019

Japan investigates online booking companies

Japan’s antitrust watchdog has launched a probe into Rakuten Travel – and reportedly Expedia and Booking.com as well – for alleged violations of the country’s antitrust law.

10 April 2019

Japanese enforcer reverses Qualcomm decision

Japan’s antitrust watchdog has revoked a cease-and-desist order against US chipmaker Qualcomm, nearly a decade after it found that the company failed to comply with an obligation to license its patents on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms.

19 March 2019

Japan considers how to address digital economy

The digital economy is a priority for Japan’s Fair Trade Commission, a senior official said last week, as the agency considers how existing laws can address issues raised by online markets.

15 March 2019

Japanese authority expected to issue record antitrust fine

Japan’s competition enforcer is preparing to issue its largest-ever fine to eight construction companies that fixed prices and it will increase the sanctions by 50% due to repeat offending in the sector, according to local media.

07 March 2019

Japan probes Amazon and others over rewards programme

Japan’s antitrust watchdog will reportedly examine the country’s largest ecommerce website as well as Amazon’s and Yahoo’s local subsidiaries to determine whether they are forcing vendors to shoulder the costs of rewards programmes.

28 February 2019

Japan moves to expand leniency and legal protections

After years of planning, Japan’s government is set to introduce changes to the country’s antitrust leniency programme that may incentivise companies to cooperate more fully with its competition enforcer.

26 February 2019

JFTC trims first penalty for bargaining abuse

Japan’s antitrust watchdog has reduced a penalty it imposed on a supermarket chain nearly eight years ago for allegedly abusing its dominance over suppliers.

25 February 2019

Japan contemplates EU-style Big Tech expert panel

The Japanese government plans to create a new expert body to monitor the competition and data privacy practices of technology companies such as Facebook and Google.

14 February 2019

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