According to Reuters, Japan’s competition watchdog announced that it is conducting an investigation into possible violations of antitrust laws in web search services. While the authorities in Europe and other big countries have also taken steps in this field.
More precisely, the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) also announced that it is investigating whether Google has violated Japan’s anti-monopoly law. One of the items under investigation included refunding a portion of the company’s revenue to Android phone makers on the condition that they do not install a competing search engine on the devices.
The decision to investigate has been taken as antitrust regulators in the European Union, the United States and other countries have taken similar measures.