Rakuten Opposes Yahoo Japan-Google Tie-up

As we reported here, Yahoo! Japan is transitioning its search engine platform from what they’ve originally developed to Google’s technology.   In opposition to that move, some news sources reported Japan’s largest e-commerce giant Rakuten had requested Japan’s fair trade commission to investigate a possible violation of the antitrust act over the Yahoo! Japan – Google tie-up.
Rakuten’s opinion which has been submitted to the commission says, if Google’s search platform will be deployed on Yahoo Japan,  it may help Google to affect this country’s Internet community extremely strongly in terms of controlling search result rank by the dominant company.
Meanwhile, Yahoo Japan emphasized that they would deploy Google’s technology to improve the search engine platform, however, search results would be modified by Yahoo Japan themselves, and Yahoo Japan’s search advertising will be also provided completely apart from Google’s business.
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