FC: Japan police press for regulations on online auction sites

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Sat Feb 09 2002 - 05:57:11 PST

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    Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 23:05:03 -0800
    To: Declan McCullagh <declanat_private>
    From: gtat_private (Gohsuke Takama)
    Subject: FYI: Japan's NPA trying to push reguration on internet auction 
    sites in Japan
    Japan's National Police Agency is pushing to change decades of decades old
    auction law to apply to internet auction providers while current national
    diet is on, but without public input. If this law pushed through the diet,
    all auction site might have to modify their biz models. Funnily, Japanese
    aucition site providers are kind of not expressing oppositions. Some rumor
    said they fear over restriction by police if they oppose and others said
    Keizaisangyo Sho (Ministry of External Trade and Industry) might be going
    to oppose to NPA initiated change.
    If this change of law happened, this could be the world first case of that
    the police reguration applied on internet biz and this could be extended to
    any internet ecommerce in Japan while the definition of "auction broker" is
    vague. And this could drag growth of Web Service around because of the
    mechanisms of it based on a machine exchaging orders in XML format to other
    Watch out what will happen next.
    The news appeared today's Nikkei news paper:
    Already reported on NYTimes yesterday writen by John Markoff:
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