Japan FTC Begins Surveys on IT Giants


Tokyo, Jan. 23 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Fair Trade Commission has started surveying transactions involving information technology giants known as platformers, FTC Secretary-General Akinori Yamada said Wednesday.

Through its website, the FTC began accepting information about platformer transactions from companies and individuals. It also plans to conduct questionnaire surveys.

The antitrust watchdog will examine whether IT giants are engaged in unfair business practices, aiming to utilize survey results for preparing sufficient rules in Japan.

The surveys will mainly cover four U.S. giants--Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon.com--which are collectively known as GAFA, and Japanese platformers including cybermall operator Rakuten Inc. <4755> and Internet portal Yahoo Japan Corp. <4689>.

The FTC has set "no limits or targets" for its surveys, Yamada said, seeking information about platformer transactions from a wide range of companies and individuals.

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