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There was a reason Tim Cook bragged to Japan’s prime minister about Apple’s $100 million investment in the country.

According to Nikkei Asia Apple CEO Tim Cook placed a special request for Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during his recent visit to Japan. Cook reportedly told Kishida to consider smartphone users before regulating the distribution of smartphone apps in the country. Cook allegedly told the Prime Minister that he will not diminish user privacy and security if Japan adopts new rules regarding app stores in Japan.
Certain countries are seeking to pass laws preventing Apple from forcing iOS app developers to use its in-app payment platform for subscriptions and in-app purchases. Apple takes a 15% to 30% cut on these transactions. Since iOS doesn’t allow users to download apps from third-party app stores (known as sideloading), some lawmakers in several countries say the App Store constitutes a monopoly.
Due to the application of EU digital markets, it is reported that Apple working on a way to allow iPhone users in Europe to download apps. But Apple sees sideloading as a way to get malware-laden and infected apps onto the iPhone, potentially stealing users’ personal data and login information. Allowing Apple to maintain firm control over the App Store is the safest thing to do for iPhone users according to Apple.

Seeking to curry favor with the Japanese prime minister during his visit to Tokyo on December 15, and hoping to avoid legislation against Apple’s “walled garden” control of the App Store in Japan, Cook noted that Apple invested $100 million in its Japanese supply chain over the past five years. Cook told reporters after the meeting that he thought the prime minister was pleased with the amount of Apple’s investment in Japan.

While unrelated to Cook’s meeting with the prime minister, Apple’s Japanese unit is paying $98 million to cover back taxes Apple should have collected from wholesale purchases of iPhone units by Apple. of foreign buyers in Japanese Apple Stores. A single transaction involved the purchase of hundreds of units at a time. Tourists staying in Japan for less than six months can purchase items without paying the 10% consumption tax. However, the exemption is not allowed if the items are purchased for resale. Apple Japan amended its tax return.

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