January 15, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Japan's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) carried out an on-the-spot
investigation of Microsoft Co., Ltd. of Japan on Jan. 13.
The FTC started the investigation in Japan in the light of the suit against Microsoft Corp. of the
United States brought by the U.S. Justice Department regarding the question of tie-in sales of
Windows95 and Internet Explorer.
According to a concerned party, the content of the investigation includes not only the problem of the
practice of the combined supply of Windows95 and Internet Explorer, but the question of preinstallation
of Microsoft Word and Excel in personal computers equipped with Windows95. The FTC appears to be
investigating whether or not preinstalled competing products of other companies were excluded.
"We are fully confident that there has not been any illegal action (on our part)," a Microsoft
spokesman in Japan said. He added that the company's policy is to cooperate fully with the
On the same day, the FTC began on-the-spot investigation of personal computers including NEC Corp.,
Fujitsu Ltd., Toshiba Corp. and IBM Japan Ltd. The content of the investigation of these companies is
that the FTC requested the companies to cooperate in the investigation of Microsoft Japan for possible
violations of the Antitrust Law, an NEC source said.
Also, according to a concerned party, personal computer makers were requested to submit documents
related to transactions with Microsoft Japan.
(Hi-Tech News Center)