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Japan Can Open Probe Into Any Merger Involving Fitbit, Says New Antitrust Watchdog Head

Japanese flag. (Reuters)

Japanese flag. (Reuters)

EU antitrust regulators in August launched an investigation into a $2.1 billion deal by Alphabet unit Google’s bid to buy Fitbit, a move aimed at taking on Apple and Samsung in the wearable technology market.

Japan’s antitrust watchdog can open a probe into any merger or business tie-up involving fitness tracker maker Fitbit if the size of such deals was big enough, Kazuyuki Furuya, the new chairman of the Fair Trade Commission (FTC), said on Monday.

EU antitrust regulators in August launched an investigation into a $2.1 billion deal by Alphabet unit Google’s bid to buy Fitbit, a move aimed at taking on Apple and Samsung in the wearable technology market.

“If the size of any merger or business tie-up is big, we can launch an anti-monopoly investigation into the buyer’s process of acquiring a start-up (like Fitbit),” Furuya told Reuters in an interview.

“We’re closely watching developments including in Europe.”


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