When Yahoo Japan and Google Japan announced its plan for search service tie-up (both organic search and PPC services) in July, Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) gave a statement that they didn’t think it would violate the Antitrust (or Competition) Law.
Last month, Rakuten submitted a report and a request to investigate the tie-up to JFTC, and now JFTC is interviewing organizations and businesses including Microsoft as a part of the investigation.
At the same time, several members of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party have formed “The Internet Search Issues Investigation Group” to create a bill to assure fair search and online advertising services by picking up issues that may not be regulated by the Antitrust Law.
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