Japan plans to enact legislation in 2024 that may fine Apple and Google

Japan plans to enact legislation in 2024 that may fine Apple and Google 3

In the last several weeks, Apple has been either the target of governmental investigations, or the main focus of letters sent to various agencies within the government requesting that a legal probe begin immediately. Those legal actions have been mostly taking place in either Europe or the U.S.. 

But on Wednesday, there was news that Japan would be joining this club: It appears that the Japanese government could enact legislation to force both Apple and Google to allow alternatives to their respective app stores.  According to NikkeiAsia, “the plan is to allow the Japan Fair Trade Commission to impose fines for violations…the penalties would generally amount to around 6% of revenue earned from the problematic activities.” The financial news outlet also noted that the laws are not targeting Japanese companies, only “multinational firms.”

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