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Big Tech in sharper focus for new Japan antitrust team

Economic analysis department to assess market impact of M&A

Japan's Fair Trade Commission will bolster its capacity for screening tech mergers and acqusitions.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's Fair Trade Commission will beef up reviews of mergers and acquisitions in the tech field, creating a new department to make faster judgments on a deal's impact on competition.

The team of several dozen people to be established Friday will focus on economic analysis, a tool used to examine concerns about potential monopolies and help determine whether to open antitrust investigations.

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