Japan probing Apple for anti-competitive practices

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An antitrust regulator in Japan is probing US tech giant Apple on suspicion of unfair trade practices for allegedly forcing its rival to withdraw from a game platform, Nikkei reported Thursday. The Fair Trade Commission was informed last fall about the iPhone maker’s anti-competitive behavior towards Yahoo Japan, according to Sputnik News.

The Internet services firm launched a web-based Game Plus platform last summer, which allowed users to play games without downloading an app and had laxer rules for sales than Apple’s App Store.

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Months later, it reportedly complained to business partners about pressure from Apple, on which it relies for part of its sales through App Store, and eventually stopped advertising the service.

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