Despite protests from rivals and calls from lawmakers for a closer look at the deal, Japan's antitrust regulators approved Thursday a web-search alliance between Google Inc. and Yahoo Japan Corp., even as Europe was launching an investigation of Google's dominance in internet search and advertising, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
The alliance, announced in July, calls for Yahoo Japan, the country's most-visited Internet portal and search site, to use Google's search-engine and search-advertising platforms. That will boost the Google engine's share of searches in Japan to about 90 percent.
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Japan's Fair Trade Commission said the deal wouldn't "immediately" violate antitrust rules, explaining it's limited to a sharing of technology.