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Rakuten Asks Antitrust Regulator to Review Yahoo Japan-Google Search Deal [bloomberg.com]
Rakuten Inc., the Japanese Internet shopping site operator, asked Japan’s Fair Trade Commission to review an Internet-search partnership between Yahoo! Japan Corp. and Google Inc., saying the deal may deter competition.
“The partnership deserves careful consideration because there is a real possibility that the industry’s overall growth could be adversely affected,” said Hirotoshi Kato, a spokesman at Tokyo-based Rakuten.
Yahoo Japan chief says tie-up work with Google proceeding smoothly [mdn.mainichi.jp]
Yahoo Japan Corp. President Masahiro Inoue said Friday that preparations are proceeding smoothly for his company to strike an alliance with Google Inc. of the United States in the area of Internet searches and online advertisement, although their rivals have voiced antitrust concerns.
"We will complete (the introduction of Google's Internet search engine) by the end of this year as scheduled," Inoue told reporters.
His comments came after Japanese online shopping mall operator Rakuten Inc. said earlier this week that it had filed a complaint with the antimonopoly watchdog that Yahoo Japan's plan to tie up with Google would hinder fair competition in Japan's Internet market.
Rakuten Says Google-Yahoo Japan Tie-Up Is ‘Dangerous’ [bloomberg.com]
Rakuten Inc., the Japanese Internet shopping site operator, said a local web-search partnership between Yahoo! Japan Corp. and Google Inc. will have “superpowers,” making it “dangerous” for fair competition.
If the companies were to change the search results to favor their products, “they will have superpowers,” Rakuten President Hiroshi Mikitani said at a briefing on the company’s earnings in Tokyo today. “I think it’s very dangerous.”
You mean an ad platform? Didn't they already internalize Overture Japan [webmasterworld.com] last year?