The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) launched on April 1 a new “digital market planning survey unit” to reinforce the monitoring of “platformers,” or tech giants. The new unit will monitor the firms’ transactions to see whether the they are imposing one-sided terms of business or using personal information without consent.
The new unit was established within the Economic Affairs Bureau with a unit chief and 10 dedicated staff members. It will survey the business transactions of big IT firms that operate online shopping sites and Internet search sites. The unit will collaborate with other organizations to collect information on Internet and other digital services. The JFTC also established a unit dedicated to issues involving big IT firms in the Investigation Bureau, which monitors violations to the Antimonopoly Act. The unit in the Investigation Bureau will have four dedicated specialists.