The digital economy continues to grow massively worldwide, and agencies around the world have been exploring options for greater regulation in the digital economy, including for digital platforms.  Recently, thirteen competition authorities, including those of the G7 and four guest authorities, have worked together to discuss respective approaches to promoting competition in digital markets and published the “Compendium of approaches to improving competition in digital markets” in November 29, 2021. Japan was part of that.  This paper looks at some of the major developments in competition policies related to the digital economy in Japan.

By Toshio Dokei, Hideo Nakajima & Takako Onoki[1]

 

I. COMPETITION POLICY FOR THE DIGITAL ECONOMY

The digital economy continues to grow massively worldwide, and agencies around the world have been exploring options for greater regulation in the digital economy, including for digital platforms. Recently, thirteen competition authorities, including those of the G7 and four guest authorities, have worked together to discuss respective approaches to promoting competition in digital markets and published the “Compendium of approaches to improving competition in digital markets” in November 29, 2021.[2] Japan was part of that. The following are some of the major developments in competition policies related to the digital economy in Japan.[3]

A. Act on Improving Transparency and Fairness of Digital Platforms (the

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