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AP/eWeek: Japan Joins Global Pressures on Microsoft

Apr 02, 2004, 21:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Yuri Kageyama)

[ Thanks to Matt for this link. ]

"The surprise raid by Japanese anti-monopoly authorities on Microsoft Corp.'s Tokyo offices was impeccably timed—barely a month before the European Union slapped a $613 million fine on the company.

"The message from this country's Fair Trade Commission was clear: Japan is not about to sit idle as other global powers raise concerns over Microsoft's suspected abuses of its domination in the computer software business.

"But whether the Japanese investigation that triggered the commission's inspections of the software titan's Tokyo offices will amount to much more than symbolic posturing remains unclear, experts say..."

[Editor's Note: Much of the Linux-related news is on Page 2 of this article. -BKP]

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