The Japan Fair Trade Commissionthe Japanese antitrust body, has given its opinion approves Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
As reported by VGC, the Japanese commission considered that the acquisition does not involve risks for competition. The JFTC states that the agreement between the parties does not violate any law of Japantherefore no veto will be expressed by the body of the Asian country.
Note that the JFTC green light does not imply that Microsoft can immediately proceed with the acquisition of Activision Blizzard: the approval of other government authorities remains necessary, including the US Federal Trade Commission, the UK Competition and Markets Authority, and the European Commission. The latter have not yet expressed their opinion on the matter, however we know that the final decision of the British CMA should arrive on April 26th, while the European Union antitrust will express its opinion on the following May 22nd.
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