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Re: Japan Microsoft Investigation
I think the US reporting of the Japan antitrust efforts isn't entirely
balanced. For example, on issues relating to parallel imports, the
Japan recently threatened *criminal* sanctions against firms which took
steps to discourage low cost parallel imports into the Japan. The US,
on the other hand, is lobbying hard to prevent South Africa and other
countries from *permitting* parallel imports.
I don't want to give a ringing endorsement for the Japan FTC, but just
to note that US reporting is itself often jingoistic.
It seems as though the Japan FTC effort is pretty much part of the DOJ's
fairly narrowly targeted investigation of OEM licensing deals, rather
than something directed at more fundamental problems. So I'm not sure
how important it is. Jamie
> I don't mean to offend anyone and at the risk of being labeled un - PC,
> given the market practices of many large Japanese companies, isn't the
> term "Japanese Antitrust investigation" an oxymoron ?
> Does Japan have a track record in antitrust ?? Are the subjects of the
> investigation predominantly foreign companies or Japanese companies??
> dan mogin