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Platform Economics Study Group Meeting to Be Held

June 29, 2021

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will hold a Platform Economics Study Group meeting with the aim of building an intellectual foundation toward sound development of the market surrounding digital platforms.

1. Background and purpose

Digital platforms offer society significant benefits, for example, by providing opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises to develop sales channels. However, factors such as network effects and low marginal costs mean they can easily turn into monopolies and oligopolies, and various issues associated with this have also been identified. In addition, research and rulemaking are in progress across the world to meet the challenges surrounding digital platforms.
With the aim of building an intellectual foundation toward sound development of the market surrounding digital platforms, this study group led by researchers in the field of economics will share information about trends in digital platform research, and market and policy trends both at home and abroad, and discuss directions for future research and expected policy response.

2. Date and time, etc. of the first meeting

June 29, 2021 (Tue.), 9:00-11:00
Online (not open to the public)

3. Members (in Japanese syllabary order)

Note: There will also be guest participants in addition to the above members. Also, parties recommended by members will participate as observers, including ministries and agencies concerned.

4. How the study group meetings will be conducted

The study group meetings will be conducted privately in order to ensure that the members, etc. can exchange views openly and freely, but summaries of the minutes and other materials will be released. The meetings will be held about once a month, and each will consist of two parts: (1) reports on research papers from the members, and (2) reports from government officials, experts, etc.

5. Meeting materials, etc.

Meeting materials and summaries of the minutes will be posted on this page (in Japanese) after the meetings.

Division in Charge

Digital Market Policy Office, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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