Online, out of line: Amazon's troubles in Japan may herald heightened regulatory attention to platform businesses

Introduction

Date: 30 May 2018. Duration: 10:12

E-commerce giant Amazon is under a cloud in Japan, where the country's competition regulator is weighing whether it abused its relationships with its suppliers. Japanese-style rules on abuses of superior bargaining positions are a relative rarity around the world, and they are sparingly used even in Japan. But they may be gaining a new lease on life as the country's antitrust regulator eyes a probe of another household-name platform business in Germany – an investigation of Facebook that shares similar concerns over an asymmetry of market power. MLex Correspondent Toko Sekiguchi and Chief Global Antitrust Correspondent Leah Nylen join Asia Managing Editor David Plott to explore the issues.

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Japan's antitrust regulator eyes 'superior bargaining position' tool to go after online abuses (25 May 2018)