Japan's FTC Probing Restaurant Search Websites

Economy Politics

Tokyo, Oct. 10 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Fair Trade Commission has launched an investigation into whether the operators of major restaurant search and booking websites in the country imposed unreasonable conditions to participant eateries.

FTC Secretary-General Akinori Yamada unveiled the launch of the investigation during a press conference on Wednesday.

He said well-known websites are being probed, but stopped short of giving their names. They are believed to include Tabelog and Gurunavi.

The investigation is expected to focus on whether the website operators abused their dominant positions to make participant restaurants and bars offer discounts to website users or to restrict them from signing up with other websites.

After interviews with the website operators and participant eateries, the FTC will decide whether to disclose the findings.

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