The Japanese government is investigating the actions of Apple and Google amid growing claims of antitrust infringements by U.S. technical giants.
A government panel will be formed this month to investigate the link between domestic smartphone manufacturers and U.S. companies, Nikkei Asia said, citing a state source.
According to a Japanese newspaper, if the panel reveals suspicious activity, Japan could tighten its competition rules.
The European Commission launched an inquiry last June to assess whether U.S. technology giant Apple is violating EU competition rules for app developers to distribute its products through the App Store.
The probe concerned Apple’s own in-app shopping system, which was launched following complaints from music streaming apps and e-book distributors about the impact of App Store regulations on streaming services.
According to a preliminary report from the EU Commission, Apple is blocking free competition in the EU market for music applications.