Japan FTC To Review Yahoo Japan-Google Partnership As Rakuten Insists

The Wall Street Journal reports that "Rakuten, Japan's largest online shopping mall operator, has asked Japan's Fair Trade Commission to review the search deal Google cut with Yahoo Japan, which is an independent entity from Yahoo!."A Rakuten spokesperson said:"The tie-up between the two firms would result in Google monopolizing information, which could hinder the development […]

The Wall Street Journal reports that "Rakuten, Japan's largest online shopping mall operator, has asked Japan's Fair Trade Commission to review the search deal Google cut with Yahoo Japan, which is an independent entity from Yahoo!."

A Rakuten spokesperson said:

"The tie-up between the two firms would result in Google monopolizing information, which could hinder the development and growth of not only search engines but many Internet-related services in Japan."

"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.