Latest News: Japan Enacts Regulatory Law to target Apple as well as Google Smartphone Market Dominance

Jun 28, 2024

Japan is the most recent nation to pass a law targeting companies such as Apple Inc. along with Google LLC from limiting third-party companies that want to distribute and monetize their own apps on Google as well as Apple devices.

According to Kyodo News, "The legislation will bar the makers of the Apple's iOS as well as Google's Android smartphone operating systems, apps stores and payment platforms from preventing the sale of apps or services directly competing with native platforms' own." This is to keep the providers of platforms out of "gatekeeping" as well as causing to create more competition between their apps and others on the platforms.

The current Japan antimonopoly law penalizes 6 percent on profits earned via anticompetitive practices, the sanctions in the new, particular law amount to 20% on domestic revenues gained on services in breach of this law, increasing by 30% if illegal practices continue to exist.

The new law is anticipated to be in effect by the end of 2025, which Kyodo News points out is similar to one of the recently issued EU regulations (presumably that of the European Union's Digital Markets Act).

Kyodo News also reports that both Apple as well as Google issued announcements concerning their continuing collaboration to Japanese regulators.

A previous article in Kyodo News regarding the regulation being first passed by Japan's Cabinet declared its support for the rule as "a move to challenge the duopoly exerted by the industry giants Apple Inc. and Google LLC," and said that the regulation demonstrates the Japanese government's desire to align with the EU when it comes to enacting regulations "of Big Tech firms such as Apple, Google and Inc. and Google Inc., who have come to exert significant influence over digital services across the globe."

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