Digital Platforms Must Heed Japanese Antitrust Law Updates

Law360 (October 7, 2019, 2:03 PM EDT) -- For the last few years, there has been a global trend of digital platformers (defined as businesses operating digital platforms) being targeted by new regulations and enforcement actions of authorities.

Underlying this trend are mainly the following concerns: (1) the potential of digital platformers to become monopolists or oligopolists in a market and, later on, giant ecosystems when they expand their businesses into neighboring services; (2) collection of big data by digital platformers from multiple users; (3) the lack of transparency or fairness for users in the transaction practices of digital platformers; and (4) online harm.

Japan is no exception. For...

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