Today, Apple responded to a report from the Japanese government indicating that the company could be exposed to new regulations to ensure fair competition in the smartphone operating system market, Japan Times reports.


The Japanese government’s interim report expressed concern about Apple and Google’s dominance of the smartphone operating system market, particularly with regard to pre-installed browser apps, and warned that their policies could harm app providers and businesses. He proposed introducing new rules to ban companies from limiting users’ ability to make decisions about how they use their devices, with the added benefit of boosting competition in the marketplace.

The report also raised an issue with the 15 to 30 percent of the commission developers have to pay Apple for apps and in-app purchases, and the fact that they can only distribute through Apple’s own App Store. As a result, it called for operating system providers to allow users the ability to use third-party app stores and for companies to disclose comprehensive information about their systems.

The proposed changes are aimed at “achieving fair and equal competition,” according to Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno. “We respectfully disagree with a number of conclusions” in the Japanese government’s report, Apple said in a statement, and that it faces “intensive competition in every segment.” Apple added that it would continue to “engage constructively with the Japanese government.”

It is said that the Japanese government will gather opinions from the public and conduct further discussions before preparing a final report on the matter. There are more pervasive challenges to Apple’s platforms and services underway in the European Union, where a proposed Digital Markets law seeks to force significant changes to the App Store, Messages, FaceTime, third-party browsers, and Siri.

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