Takashi Mochizuki | Bloomberg
The Japanese government will begin investigating how Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google deal with Japanese smartphone makers, which could lead to tougher antitrust regulations, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Sunday, without saying where he got the information.
A government panel, made up of officials, bureaucrats and outside experts, will kick off the discussion this month as Apple’s iOS software and Google’s Android software account for more than 90 percent of the Japanese smartphone market, according to the newspaper. The survey will include contributions from executives of domestic smart phone manufacturers as well as smart speaker and personal computer manufacturers.
The panel will assess trade relations in Japan and determine whether they are conducted fairly in relation to doing business abroad. The government could tighten antitrust regulations if the panel uncovers problems with the investigation, the newspaper said.
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