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GOJ calls for tech giants’ cooperation in establishing rules on digital trade

  • November 12, 2019
  • , NHK
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NHK reported that during a hearing held today at the Kantei with senior officials from Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon, collectively known as GAFA, the GOJ called for their cooperation in enacting a bill to ensure transparency in the digital market amid concerns about their growing monopolies. The GOJ is considering enacting a bill that will require operators of major online shopping sites and other platforms to make their contract terms and rules public. While expressing understanding for the need to ensure transparency in digital trade, the U.S. tech giants reportedly expressed caution about the planned bill by saying that the rules should not target only major online businesses. According to the network, Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga told GAFA representatives that the GOJ will present the outlines of steps to ensure transparency and fairness in the rapidly changing digital market and that new rules should be established in a way that allows each company to voluntarily make improvements. 

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