The Japan Fair Trade Commission has opened an investigation against Google to examine whether it has abused its market dominance. The probe is aimed at finding violations of the country’s antitrust laws. Similar investigations are underway against Google in Europe and various other countries.
Japan will investigate whether the company is abusing its market dominance by promoting its own apps and services. Japan will investigate irregularities in Google’s practices that force Android phone makers to install Google Search, Google Chrome and Google Play apps on Android phones. It will also examine whether other search engine service providers are being denied the opportunity to reach consumers as an option.
The response of the authorities is that this investigation is part of efforts to ensure fair competition in the market. Various similar investigations are underway against Google in the European Union, the US and other countries.