Scope of Japan’s new digital platform law likely confined to e-commerce giants — sources

17 February 2020 - 12:00 am UTC

The scope of Japan’s proposed Digital Platform Transparency Law is so narrow that it may only apply to the five largest e-commerce companies operating in the country, according to three sources who submitted public comment on the matter before the bill moves to parliament, including a researcher with an industry association. 

“People generally sense that the law targets only five firms, Google, Apple, Rakuten, Yahoo and Amazon,” Soichi Sato, a public policy researcher for the Japan Association of New Economy (JANE), told PaRR on Wednesday (5 February).   JANE is an industry lobbying group representing some 534 firms that include information technology (IT) firms, digital content and service providers.

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