Senior Correspondent, Tokyo
Sachiko covers antitrust, anti-bribery & corruption, and privacy & cyber security. She has an undergraduate degree from Waseda University in Tokyo and a master's degree in communications from United States International (now Alliant International) University in California. She previously worked as a journalist for Time magazine, the Far Eastern Economic Review, Bloomberg News, and the Washington Post in Japan.
Selected Insights by Sachiko
Japanese vendors at the nation’s largest online mall Rakuten have formed a union in an attempt to gain better negotiating power, breaking the tradition in Japan of docile business partners of large companies, as the competition regulator tightens scrutiny over abusive dealings by big digital platforms with smaller business partners.
The way digital platforms handle consumer data will be scrutinized in the future under the Japanese antitrust law, the competition regulator said today in a draft proposal. By expanding the reach of the antitrust law’s provisions on the abuse of superior bargaining position to business-to-consumer transactions for the first time, the Japan Fair Trade Commission is preparing to enter new territory where competition and data-protection issues merge.
Last week, Japanese competition regulators revoked a previous finding that Qualcomm had violated the country’s Antimonopoly Act, handing a much-needed victory to the US chipmaker that has come under antitrust scrutiny around the world.
Corporate Japan's unapologetic information sharing with police sparks privacy fears as bilateral EU data accord takes effectThe willingness with which Japanese businesses hand over their customers' personal data to law enforcement agencies may come as a shock to some, but to many of Japan's biggest companies, voluntary transfers of such data to police and other agencies are unproblematic.