Japan Antitrust

Anticompetitive practices

The Japanese Competition Authority issues a cease and desist order and a surcharge payment order against tenderers for bid-rigging (Japan Railway Construction)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
The JFTC Issued Cease and Desist Orders and Surcharge Payment Orders to the Participants in Bidding for Snow-Melting Equipment Works for Hokuriku Shinkansen Ordered by the Japan Railway Construction, Transportation and Technology Agency* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) today issued the (...)

The Japanese Competition Authority changes partially its guidelines concerning distribution systems and business practices
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Partial amendments of the “Guidelines concerning distribution systems and business practices under the Antimonopoly Act”* 1. On the basis of the “Implementation Plan for Regulatory Reform” (June 24, 2014, The Cabinet Decision) (hereinafter the “Plan”), in order to make clarifications to be (...)

The Japanese Competition Authority issues a cease and desist order against manufacturers and installers of country elevators and rice milling facilities for bid-rigging (ZEN-NOH)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
The JFTC issued cease and desist orders and surcharge payment orders to the participants in bidding for the country elevator works and the rice milling facility works ordered by the agricultural cooperatives, etc* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) today issued the cease and desist orders (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues a cease and desist order against two air conditioning manufacturers and imposes surcharges on them for bid-rigging in the field of the low temperature air conditioning system works (Narasaki Sangyo and Hokkaido Hitachi)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
The JFTC Issued Cease and Desist Orders and Surcharge Payment Orders to Participants in Bidding for Low Temperature Air Conditioning System Works Ordered by JA in Hokkaido* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) today issued the cease and desist orders and the surcharge payment orders to (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission pronounces a cease and desist order against a prefectural economic federation of agricultural cooperatives for bid-rigging in the country elevator works market (JA Fukui Keizairen)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
The JFTC issued Cease and Desist Order to the JA Fukui Prefectural Economic Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) today issued cease and desist order to the JA Fukui Prefectural Economic Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives (hereinafter referred to (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues a cease and desist order against members of an association and imposes surcharges on them for having substantially restrained competition in the market of the concrete products (Abashiri Concrete Products Association)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
The JFTC issued cease and desist order to Abashiri Concrete Products Association and surcharge payment orders to members of the Association* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) today issued cease and desist order to Abashiri Concrete Products Association (hereinafter referred to as the (...)

The Osaka High Court issues an injunction preventing a taxi company from physically blocking independent taxi drivers lining up and acquiring customers at taxi stands outside two stations and awarded damages to the independent taxi drivers (Drivers / Shintetsu)
McDermott Will & Emery (Brussels)
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Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (Tokyo)
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Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (Tokyo)
I. Introduction On 31 October 2014, the Osaka High Court (“Court”) found that Shintetsu engaged in an unfair trade practice in violation of the AMA by physically preventing the Drivers from seeking and acquiring customers at taxicab stands outside two Kobe Electric Railway Co., Ltd’s stations (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues a cease and desist order and imposes surcharges on two stell ball manufacturers for having implemented several anticompetitive agreements (Tsubaki Nakashima and Amatsuji Steel Ball)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
The JFTC Issued Cease and Desist Order and Surcharge Payment Order to Steel Ball Manufacturer* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) today issued the cease and desist order and the surcharge payment order to Tsubaki Nakashima Co., Ltd (Tsubaki Nakashima), finding that the company and Amatsuji (...)

The Japanese Fair Trade Commission takes action against a trade association for its alleged participation in price-fixing the fees for voluntary flu shots service (Yoshikawa Matsubushi Medical Association)
Steve Szentesi Law Corporation
Antitrust & Associations: German, Japanese Antitrust Authorities Take Action Against Associations in Price-fixing Cases* In two interesting trade association related cases that caught my eye today, the German (Bundeskartellamt) and Japanese (Fair Trade Commission – “JFTC”) antitrust (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues cease and desist orders and imposes surcharges on manufacturers of high-fructose corn syrup and manufacturers of starch syrup and glucose for having implemented a price-fixing agreement (HFCS)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
The JFTC Issued Cease and Desist Orders and Surcharge Payment Orders to Manufacturers of High-Fructose Corn Syrup and Manufacturers of Starch Syrup and Glucose* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) today issued cease and desist orders and surcharge payment orders to manufacturers of specific (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues cease and desist orders and imposes surcharges on bidders for bid rigging on the automotive parts market (Mitsubishi Electric)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
The JFTC Issued Cease and Desist Orders and Surcharge Payment Orders to Participants in Bid-rigging Conspiracies for Automotive Parts* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) issued cease and desist orders and surcharge payment orders based on Article 7(2) and Article 7-2(1) of the Antimonopoly (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues cease and desist orders and imposes surcharges on participants in bidding for general engineering works (MLIT Shikoku Regional Development Bureau)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
The JFTC Issued Cease and Desist Orders and Surcharge Payment Orders against Participants in Bidding for General Engineering Works, etc, ordered by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and Kochi Prefecture * The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) today issued cease and (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues cease and desist orders and imposes surcharges on manufactures and distributors of expanded poly-styrol blocks for bid rigging and pronounces a cease and desist order against them
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
The JFTC Issued Cease and Desist Orders and Surcharge Payment Orders against Manufactures and Distributors of Expanded Poly-styrol Blocks* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) today issued cease and desist orders and surcharge payment orders against enterprises engaged in manufacturing and (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues cease and desist orders and imposes surcharges on participants in bidding for automotive wire harness and related products (Automotive component suppliers’ cartel)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
The JFTC Issued the Cease and Desist Orders and Surcharge Payment Orders to participants in bid-rigging conspiracies for automotive wire harness and related products* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) today issued cease and desist orders, and surcharge payment orders against 3 (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission imposes surcharges on taxi business operators for having implemented a price-fixing agreement enabling to fix supracompetitive taxi fares
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
The JFTC Issued the Cease and Desist Orders and Surcharge Payment Orders against taxi business operators , located in Niigata City and its suburbs* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) today issued cease and desist orders, and surcharge payment orders against 25 taxi business operators, (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues cease and desist orders and imposes surcharges on manufacturers of LPG instruments for having implemented a price-fixing agreement (Katsura, Ito Koki and Fujikohki)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
The JFTC Issued the Cease and Desist Orders and Surcharge Payment Orders against manufacturers of LPG instruments* he Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) today issued cease and desist orders, and surcharge payment orders against 3 manufacturers of LPG instruments, Katsura Co., Ltd., Ito Koki (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues cease and desist orders and imposes surcharges on participants in bidding for engineering works and pronounces a cease and desist order against them (City of Wajima)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
The JFTC Issued the Cease and Desist Orders and Surcharge Payment Orders against Participants in Bidding for Engineering Works ordered by Ishikawa Prefecture and the City of Wajima* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) today issued cease and desist orders, and surcharge payment orders (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues cease and desist orders and imposes surcharges on manufacturers and distributors of air separation gases for price-fixing (Taiyo Nippon Sanso)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Cease and Desist Order and Surcharge Payment Orders against Manufacturers and Distributors of Air Separation Gases* he Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), under the provisions of the Antimonopoly Act (AMA), has investigated companies of manufacturing and distributing air separation gases , and (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues cease and desist orders and imposes surcharges on participants in bidding for engineering works and pronounces a cease and desist order against them (Enzan District and Isawa District)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Cease and Desist Orders and Surcharge Payment Orders against Participants in Bidding for Engineering Works ordered by Yamanashi Prefectural Government* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), under the provisions of the Antimonopoly Act (AMA), has investigated participants in the bidding for (...)

The Japanese Federal Trade Commission issues a communication listing practices that respect power saving and do not raise competition concerns
McDermott Will & Emery (Brussels)
This article has been selected for the business category, anticompetitive practices section of the 2012 Antiturst Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) has issued two Communications on the extent to which industry (...)

The Japanese Federal Trade Commission issues a communication on the coordination of relief supplies’ delivery clarifying that such coordination does not raise antitrust concerns
McDermott Will & Emery (Brussels)
This article has been selected for the business category, anticompetitive practices section of the 2012 Antiturst Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) has issued two Communications on the extent to which industry (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission imposes surcharges on participants in bidding for construction works (Iwate Prefecture)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Surcharge Payment Orders against Participants in Bidding for Construction Works ordered by Iwate Prefecture* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), on December 20, 2010, issued surcharge payment orders against 30 participating companies (hereinafter referred to as “30 companies”) in the bidding (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission clears a planned search engine partnership between two multinational corporations specializing in Internet-related services and products (Google and Yahoo Japan)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Yahoo Japan’s Use of Technological Service Such As Search Engine Provided by Google (Tentative translation)* Japan Corporation (Yahoo Japan) would use search engine and search-advertising platform (hereinafter referred to as “search engine etc.”) provided by Google Inc. (Google), upon the (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues cease and desist orders and imposes surcharges on several manufacturers and distributors for price-fixing in the field of sales of electric wires for construction and distribution (Yazaki Corporation)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Cease and Desist Orders and Surcharge Payment Orders against Manufacturers and Distributors of Electric Wires for Construction and Distribution* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), under the provisions of the Antimonopoly Act (AMA), has investigated companies engaged in manufacturing and (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission imposes surcharges on participants in bidding for offshore works (Kagoshima Prefecture)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Cease and Desist Orders and Surcharge Payment Orders against Participants in Bidding for Offshore Works ordered by Kagoshima Prefecture* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), under the provisions of the Antimonopoly Act (AMA), has investigated participants in the bidding for offshore works (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues cease and desist orders and imposes surcharges on manufacturers of shutters for having implemented a price-fixing agreement and for bid rigging (Sanwa Shutter, Bunka Shutter, Toyo Shutter and Sanwa Holdings)
Cease and Desist Orders and Surcharge Payment Orders against Manufacturers of Shutters* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), under the provisions of the Antimonopoly Act (AMA), has investigated companies engaged in manufacturing and selling shutters and found that they were in violation of (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues cease and desist orders and imposes surcharges on several manufacturers of optical fiber cable products for price-fixing (Sumitomo Electric)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Cease and Desist Orders and Surcharge Payment Orders against Manufacturers of Optical Fiber Cable Products* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), under the provisions of the Antimonopoly Act (AMA), has investigated companies engaged in manufacturing and selling optical fiber cable products (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission imposes surcharges on partipants in bidding for engineering works (City of Aomori)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Cease and Desist Orders and Surcharge Payment Orders against Participants in Bidding for Engineering Works ordered by the City of Aomori* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), under the provisions of the Antimonopoly Act (AMA), has investigated participants in the bidding for engineering (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues cease and desist orders and imposes surcharges on participants in bidding for sewer pipe constructions (City of Kawasaki)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Cease and Desist Order and Surcharge Payment Order against Participants in Bidding for Sewer Pipe Constructions ordered by the City of Kawasaki* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), under the provisions of the Antimonopoly Act (AMA), has investigated participants in the bidding for sewer (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues cease and desist orders and imposes surcharges on manufacturers of office furniture for bid rigging (ITOKI)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Cease and Desist Orders and Surcharge Payment Orders against Manufacturers of office furniture ordered by the Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) of the Ministry of Defense (MOD)* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), under the provisions of the Antimonopoly Act (AMA), has investigated (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues cease and desist orders and imposes surcharges on manufacturers of cathode ray tubes for televisions for having implemented a price-fixing agreement (Samsung SDI and P.T. LP Displays Indonesia)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Cease-and-Desist Order and Surcharge Payment Orders against Manufacturers of Cathode Ray Tubes for Televisions* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (hereinafter referred to as “the JFTC”), on October 7, 2009, issued a cease-and-desist order pursuant to the provision of Paragraph 2,Article 7 of the (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues cease and desist orders and imposes surcharges on bidders for bid rigging in the field of trade of the power cables for specific use (EXSYM, J-Power Systems and VISCAS)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Cease and Desist Order and Surcharge Payment Order against Participants in Quotation Collection or Competitive Bidding for Power Cable ordered by Electric Power Companies* The Japan Fair Trade Commission(JFTC), under the provisions of the Antimonopoly Act(AMA), investigated participants in the (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues cease and desist orders and imposes surcharges on several manufacturers of cathode ray tubes for televisions for having implemented a price-fixing agreement (MT Picture Display)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Cease-and-Desist Order and Surcharge Payment Orders against Manufacturers of Cathode Ray Tubes for Televisions*  The Japan Fair Trade Commission (hereinafter “JFTC”) investigated entrepreneurs manufacturing and selling the cathode ray tubes for televisions in accordance with the provisions of the (...)

The Tokyo District Court fines three galvanized steel sheet companies and six former sales executives guilty of violating Japan’s Antimonopoly Act for participating in a price-fixing cartel (Nisshin, NSS and JFE)
O’Melveny & Myers (Tokyo)
On September 15, 2009, the Tokyo District Court found three galvanized steel sheet companies and six former sales executives guilty of violating Japan’s Antimonopoly Act (“AMA”) for participating in a price-fixing cartel. According to publicly available sources, including prosecution materials (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues cease and desist orders and imposes surcharges on bidders for bid rigging on vehicle management jobs market (Nihon Doro Koun)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Cease and Desist Order and Surcharge Payment Order against Participants in the Bidding for Vehicle Management Jobs Ordered by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC)investigated participants in the bidding for vehicle management jobs (...)

The Japanese Parliament passes amendments to the Anti-Monopoly Act to strengthen cartel enforcement and expand the scope of single-firm conduct subject to fines
Winston & Strawn (New York)
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Jones Day (Tokyo)
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Jones Day (Tokyo)
On June 3, 2009, the Japanese Diet passed a bill that will amend the Japanese Anti-Monopoly Act (“Amendments”) to impose larger surcharges (administrative fines) on companies engaged in cartels and certain types of unilateral conduct and increased prison sentences for individuals participating in (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues cease and desist orders and imposes surcharges on several manufacturers and distributors of cross-linked high-foaming for having implemented a price-fixing agreement (The Furukawa Electric)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Cease and Desist Orders and Surcharge Payment Orders against Manufacturers and Distributors of Cross-linked High-Foaming Polyethylene Sheets* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) investigated the manufacturers and distributors of cross-linked high-foaming polyethylene sheets in accordance (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues cease and desist orders and imposes surcharges on air freight forwarders for having implemented a price-fixing agreement (Nippon Express)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Cease and Desist Order and Surcharge Payment Order Against Air Freight Forwarders* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (hereinafter referred to as “JFTC”) had investigated companies engaged in international air freight forwarding business , under the provisions of the Antimonopoly Act (hereinafter (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues cease and desist orders and imposes surcharges on several distributors of industrial sewing machine threads for sewing plants for having implemented a price-fixing agreement (Shirakawa, Azuma and Kanagawa)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Cease and Desist Orders and Surcharge Payment Orders against Distributors of Industrial Sewing Machine Threads for Sewing Plants, etc. Located in the Tohoku Area* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC)investigated the distributors of industrial sewing machine threads for sewing plants, etc. (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues cease and desist orders and imposes surcharges on six manufacturers and sellers of vinyl chloride pipes and joints for price-fixing (Sekisui Chemical, Mitsubishi Plastics, Kubota-C.I.)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Cease and Desist Orders and Surcharge Payment Orders against Manufacturers and Sellers of Vinyl Chloride Pipes and Joints* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), in accordance with the provisions of the Antimonopoly Act (AMA), investigated the manufacturers and sellers of vinyl chloride pipes (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues cease and desist orders and imposes surcharges on two manufacturers of tft liquid crystal display module for console games, inter alia, for having exchanged informations about the selling price (Sharp and Hitachi Displays)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Cease and Desist Order and Surcharge Payment Order against Manufacturers of TFT Liquid Crystal Display Module for "Nintendo DS" and "Nintendo DS Lite"* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (hereinafter “JFTC”) had investigated entrepreneurs manufacturing and selling TFT liquid crystal display module (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues cease and orders and imposes surcharges on several manufacturers and sellers of automatic ambient air monitors for having implemented a price-fixing agreement (DKK-Toa, Horiba, Kimoto Electric and Shimadzu)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Cease and Desist Order and Surcharge Payment Order against Manufacturers and Sellers of Automatic Ambient Air Monitors* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) has examined the manufacturers and sellers of automatic ambient air monitors (automatic measuring instruments to continuously measure (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues cease and desist orders and imposes surcharges on several bidders for bid-rigging on the electric equipment construction in relation to sewage disposal facilities market (Mitsubishi Electric and Hitachi)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Cease and Desist Orders and Surcharge Payment Orders against Participants in the Bidding for Electric Equipment Construction in Relation to Sewage Disposal Facilities Ordered by the City of Sapporo* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC)examined the participants in the bidding for designated (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues a cease and desist order and imposes surcharges on participants in bidding on the molten metal market (Mitsubishi Materials)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Cease and Desist Order and Surcharge Payment Order Against the Participants in the Bidding for Molten Metal Sold by Local Governments* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC)investigated the entrepreneurs that participated in the bidding for molten metal or the like sold by local governments (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission imposes surcharges on manufacturers and sellers of Polypropylene for having implemented a price-fixing agreement (Idemitsu Kosan, Sumitomo Chemical and SunAllomer)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Surcharge Payment Orders to Polypropylene Manufacturers and Sellers* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC)ordered the four polypropylene manufacturers and sellers, on June 20,2008, to pay the surcharge as follows in accordance with the transitional measure under the revised Antimonopoly Act (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission imposes surcharges on manufacturers and sellers of steel pipe piles and steel sheet piles for having implemented an anticompetitive price-fixing agreement (JFE Steel, Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Industrie)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Cease and Desist Order and Surcharge Payment Order against Manufacturers and Sellers of Steel Pipe Piles and Steel Sheet Piles* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), in accordance with the provisions of the Antimonopoly Act (AMA), has investigated manufacturers and sellers of steel pipe (...)

The Japanese FTC issues cease and desist orders against foreign companies in cartel and bid-rigging cases (Marine hose)
Tokyo University of Science
Case Summary According to the Japan FTC’s cease and desist order, the Japan FTC investigated Japanese and foreign companies manufacturing and selling marine hose; they found that the manufacturers and sellers of marine hose had jointly determined the prospective recipient of the orders, (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues cease and desist orders and imposes surcharges on marine hose manufacturers for market sharing and price-fixing cartel and makes a cease and desist order against them (Bridgestone Corporation)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Cease and Desist Order and Surcharge Payment Order against Marine Hose Manufacturers* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (hereinafter “JFTC”) had investigated entrepreneurs manufacturing and selling Marine Hose in accordance with the provisions of the Act on Prohibition of Private Monopolization (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission imposes surcharges on participants in bidding for the supply of petroleum products (Nippon Oil, Cosmo Oil and Showa Shell Sekiyu)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Surcharge Payment Order against Suppliers of Petroleum Products Ordered by the Defense Agency’s Central Procurement Office (the present Equipment Procurement and Construction Office)* On January 16, 2008, the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) issued surcharge payment orders against three (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission imposes surcharges on participants in bidding for high and medium pressure gas pipe related works (Sumitomo Metals Pipe & Tube and Nippon Steel)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Surcharge Payment Order issued to bidders for high pressure gas pipe related works procured by Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd., and medium pressure gas pipe related works procured by Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. * The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) had conducted investigations against the bid participants for (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission imposes surcharges on participants in bidding for the subway construction project and applies its leniency program (City of Nagoya)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Cease and Desist Order and Surcharge Payment Order Against Corporate Bidders for the Subway Construction Project Commissioned by the City of Nagoya* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), in accordance with the provisions of the Antimonopoly Act (AMA), investigated the corporate bidders for (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues a cease and desist order and imposes surcharges on participants in bidding for civil engineering and construction projects and makes a cease and desist order against them (Defense Facilities Administration Agency)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Cease and desist order, Penalty payment order, etc. Against Corporate Bidders for Civil Engineering and Construction Projects Commissioned by the Defense Facilities Administration Agency * The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), in accordance with the provisions of the Antimonopoly Act (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues cease and desist orders and imposes surcharges on participants in bidding for floodgate projects and makes a cease and desist order (Japan Water Agency)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
The JFTC issued cease and desist orders, surcharge payment orders to bidders for floodgate projects procured by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the Japan Water Agency and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and other directions to the procurement agencies. * (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission imposes surcharges on participants in bidding for tunnel ventilation construction and applies for the first time its leniency program (Ebara and Hitachi)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
The JFTC ordered surcharge payment against 4 participants in the bid-rigging for tunnel ventilation construction* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (hereinafter “JFTC”), based on the provisions in the Antimonopoly Act, had investigated bid participants for tunnel ventilation construction (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission imposes surcharges on participants in bidding for construction works and makes a cease and desist order against them (Okinawa prefecture)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
The JFTC issued cease-and-desist order and surcharge payment order against bid participants for construction works procured by Okinawa prefecture. * The Japan Fair Trade Commission (“JFTC”) had conducted an investigation against bid participants for civil works and construction works procured (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission imposes surcharges on participants in bidding for steel bridge construction projects (Takada Kiko Co.)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
The JFTC surcharged 44 participants in the bid-rigging for steel bridge construction projects * The Fair Trade Commission of Japan (hereinafter “JFTC”), on March 24, 2006, ordered 44 participants to pay surcharge regarding the bid-rigging for steel bridge construction projects procured by (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission imposes surcharges on manufacturers of cold-rolled stainless steel sheets for having implemented an anticompetitive price fixing agreement (Nisshin Steel)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
JFTC surcharged manufacturers of cold-rolled stainless steel sheets* The Fair Trade Commission of Japan (JFTC), on 11 March 2005, ordered 6 manufacturers to pay surcharges regarding fixing the prices of cold-rolled stainless steel sheets and steel strips (excluding cold-rolled narrow strips) (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission renders its recommendations against participants in bidding in the tire tubes market (Bridgestone Corporation)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
JFTC issues Recommendation to Companies Bidding for the Tire Tubes Ordered by the Japan Defense Agency* The Fair Trade Commission of Japan (hereinafter “JFTC”) investigated into companies that bid for the tires or the tubes requested by the Japan Defense Agency (hereinafter “JDA”) based on the (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues its recommendations against participants in bidding for construction work (City of Niigata)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Recommendation to Companies which Tendered for Construction Work Ordered by the City of Niigata* The Fair Trade Commission investigated participant in bids for construction work ordered by the City of Niigata based on the provisions of the Antimonopoly Act, and today issued a recommendation to (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission renders its recommendations against participants in bidding for Surveying and Civil Engineering Consultant Business (Yamagata Prefecture)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Recommendation to Participants in Bid for Surveying and Civil Engineering Consultant Business Ordered by Yamagata Prefecture* Based on the provisions of the Antimonopoly Act, the Fair Trade Commission examined participants in bids for business such as surveying and civil engineering (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues its recommendations against participants in bidding for paving works (Osaka city)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
JFTC rendered recommendation to the participants in a bid of estimated prices for the paving works, ordered by Osaka city* The Fair Trade Commission of Japan (JFTC),following an investigation into the participants in comparison of estimates for the contracts of paving works called by the Water (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission renders its recommendations against participants in bidding for install sewer pumps (Tokyo Metropolitan Government)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
JFTC issues Recommendation to Companies Bidding for the Sewer Pump Installation Work Ordered by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government* The Fair Trade Commission investigated into companies that bid for the sewer pump installation work requested by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government based on the (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission imposes surcharges on participants in bidding for construction works (Oikawa Sangyo)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
JFTC surcharged participants in the bidding construction works called by Iwamizawa-city* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) on 5 February, ordered 91 entrepreneurs to pay surcharge regarding the bid-riggings for construction works called by Iwamizawa City (Hokkaido Prefecture) based on (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues a consent decision concerning an anticompetitive bid rigging in the water meters market (Kimmon Manufacturing)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Consent Decision on Kimmon Mfg. Co., Ltd* The Fair Trade Commission decided to initiate a hearing for Kimmon Mfg. Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “the Respondent”) on August 25, 2003. Since then the examiners had conducted the hearing, and on January 23, 2004, the Respondent proposed (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission imposes a surcharge on one participant in bidding for civil engineering works (Kanto Kensetsu)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
JFTC surcharged Kanto Kensetsu, a participant in bidding for civil engineering works called by City of Kawagoe* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC),following a hearing examination initiated on 6 August 2003, issued a decision that a construction company, K.K. Kanto Kensetsu pay surcharge (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission imposes surcharges on two constructors compagnies regarding the bid-riggings on civil engineering works (Miyamoto Kensetsu and Seto Sangyo)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
A decision on surcharge to Miyamoto Kensetsu Inc. and Seto Sangyo Inc. * The JFTC today issued a decision that construction companies, Miyamoto Kensetsu Inc. and Seto Sangyo Inc. pay surcharge regarding the bid-riggings on civil engineering works called by City of Takamatsu (Kagawa (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission imposes surcharges on participants in bidding for clinical laboratory test called by nationalpublic hospitals (SRL)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
JFTC surcharged participants in bidding for clinical laboratory test called by national/public hospitals* As for bids called by national/public hospitals, the JFTC ordered 6 participants in tendering for contracts of clinical laboratory test to pay surcharge in accordance with Section (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission imposes surcharges on participants in bidding for paving works (Meisei Kensetsu Kougyo and Noguchi Hodo)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
JFTC surcharged participants in bidding for paving works, called by Kyoto City* As for bids called by Kyoto City, the JFTC ordered 2 participants (Meisei Kensetsu Kougyo K. K. (hereafter MEISEI) and Noguchi Hodo K K. (hereafter NOGUCHI) ) in tendering for paving work contracts to pay (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission renders its recommendations against manufacturers of cold-rolled stainless steel sheets and steel strips for having implemented an anticompetitive price fixing agreement (Nisshin Steel)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
JFTC issues a recommendation to manufacturers of cold-rolled stainless steel sheets on price fixing* JFTC, following an investigating into manufacturers of cold-rolled stainless steel sheets and steel strips (Excluding cold-rolled narrow strips), issued today a recommendation to 6 companies (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission renders a decision against two fumigators for having implemented a price fixing agreement (Kanto Fumigation and Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Decision in Hearing against Kanto Kogyo Co., Ltd.* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (“JFTC”) rendered an initial decision for the hearing against the respondent Kanto Kogyo Co., Ltd. (hereafter “respondent”) on September 28, 2001, and thereafter had a hearing examiner conduct the hearing (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission renders its recommendations against participants in biddings for survey works and construction consultation works (Nagano Construction Office)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
JFTC issues recommendation to participants in biddings for survey works and construction consultation works ordered by Nagano Construction Office of the Nagano Prefectural Government* The JFTC, following an investigation into participants in bidding for survey works and construction (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues its recommendations against participants in bidding for civil engineering and paving work (City of Shimizu)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
JFTC issues recommnendation etc. to Businesspersons Partincipating in Bidding on Construction Projects ordered by the Former City of Shimizu in Shizuoka Prefecture* The Japan Fair Trade Commission conducted an investigation based on the stipulations of the Antimonopoly Act that targeted (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission renders its recommendations against participants in bidding for sewerage facility works (City of Kitakyushu)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
JFTC issues recommendation to participants in bidding for sewerege facility works ordered by the City of Kitakyushu* The JFTC, following an investigation into participants in bidding for sewerage facility works ordered by the City of Kitakyushu, hereby issues the following recommendation based (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission imposes surcharges on participants in bidding for construction works (Ito Komuten)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
JFTC surcharged participants in bidding for construction works called by City of Chiba and Chiba City Urban Development Corporation* As for bids called by City of Chiba and Chiba City Urban Development Corporation (hereinafter “City of Chiba etc.”), the Japan Fair Trade Commission(hereinafter, (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission imposes surcharges on participants in bidding for Placing Road Traffic Signals (Nohara)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
JFTC surcharged participants in bidding for Placing Road Traffic Signals etc. called by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department* As for bids called by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, the JFTC ordered 57 participants in tendering for placing road traffic signals to pay surcharge in (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues a consent decision concerning bidding for paving works (Noguchi Hodo)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Consent Decision to Noguchi Hodo K.K.* The JFTC had decided to initiate hearing procedures against Noguchi Hodo K.K. on 20 June 2003 and has been having examiners conduct the procedures. The JFTC received a request for consent decision and plans for specific measures from Noguchi Hodo K.K. (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission imposes surcharges on participants in bidding for landscaping works (Kanto Landscaping and Construction Cooperative)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
JFTC issues decision to order surcharges to Kanto Landscaping and Constructing Cooperative.* The JFTC, on 8 September 2003, issued a decision to Kanto Gardening and Construction Cooperative in accordance with Section 54-2 (1) of the Antimonopoly Act after the hearing procedures initiated on 22 (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues a consent decision concerning bid-rigging for building cleaning works (Taihei Building Service Corporation)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Consent decision issued to Taihei Building Service Corporation on bid-rigging for building cleaning works* The JFTC, on 11 June 2003, decided to initiate hearing procedures against Taihei Building Service Corporation and has been having examiners conduct the procedures. The JFTC received a (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues a consent decision concerning bidding for building cleaning works (Taihei Building Service Corporation)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Consent decision issued to Taihei Building Service Corporation on bid-rigging for building cleaning works* The JFTC, on 11 June 2003, decided to initiate hearing procedures against Taihei Building Service Corporation and has been having examiners conduct the procedures. The JFTC received a (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues its recommendations against participants in bidding for water meters (Tokyo Metropolitan Government)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
JFTC renders recommendation to bidders for water meters procured by Tokyo Metropolitan Government* he JFTC, after conducting an investigation into bidders for water meters procured by Tokyo Metropolitan Government, today issued a recommendation to 19 companies against violation of Section 3 (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues its decision against two compagnies concerning bif rigging for the sorting machines (Toshiba Corporation and NEC Corporation)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Decision to Toshiba Corporation and NEC Corporation* The JFTC decided to initiate hearing procedures against Toshiba Corporation (Minato-ku, Tokyo) and NEC Corporation (Minato-ku, Tokyo) on 4 December 1998 and has been having examiners conduct the procedures. The JFTC issued a resulting (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues its recommendations against participants in bidding for construction works (Housing and Urbanizing Bureau, City of Nagoya)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
JFTC renders recommendation to bidders for construction works by City of Nagoya* The JFTC, after conducting an investigation into bidders for construction works ordered by City of Nagoya, today issued a recommendation to 106 companies against violation of Section 3 (unreasonable restraint of (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues its recommendations against participants in bidding for construction material price survey activities (Economic Research Association and Construction Research Institute)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
JFTC Recommendation for participants in tenders for construction material price survey activities ordered by government offices under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport’s Kanto Regional Development Bureau* The Japan Fair Trade Commission has completed an (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission renders a recommendation against participants in bidding for paving works (paving constructors)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
JFTC issues a recommendation to participants in bids for paving works let by Kyoto-city.* he JFTC, following an investigation into participants in bids for paving work contracts called by Kyoto-city, issued today a recommendation to 12 construction companies in violation of section (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission imposes surcharges on participants in bidding for road maintenance and civil engineering works (Shikoku Road Service)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
JFTC orders surcharge payment from a participant of bids for road maintenance and civil engineering works let by Shikoku Regional Bureau of the Japan Highway Public Corporation (Nihon Doro Kodan)* The JFTC issued a surcharge payment order to Shikoku Road Service K.K on May 2, 2003 as follows: (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues its recommendations against participants to bidding in the fields of building-cleaning
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
JFTC renders recommendation to building-cleaning companies for rigging bids by Yamaguchi City and Shimonoseki City.* The JFTC has today issued recommendation to 29 participants in bids for building-cleaning by public offices in Yamaguchi City and Shimonoseki City for violating Section 3 (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission imposes surcharges on participants in bidding for civil engineering construction launched by Kagawa Prefecture and Takamatsu City (K.K. Daiou Kohmuten)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
FTC surcharged participants in bidding for civil engineering construction called by Kagawa Prefecture and Takamatsu City* As for bids called by Kagawa-Prefecture and Takamatsu-City, FTC sentenced to pay surcharge to 134 participants in tendering for civil engineering (CE) construction (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission imposes surcharges on participants in bidding for slope protection works (Raito Kogyo Co.)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
FTC surcharged participants in bidding for slope protection works alled by Kanagawa Prefecture and Kanagawa-Prefectural Business Agency (Kigyocho)* As for bids called by Kanagawa Prefecture and Kanagawa Prefectural Business Agency (Kigyocho), FTC sentenced to pay surcharge to 23 participants (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission imposes surcharges on participants in bidding in the port construction market (Ohtsubo Kensetsu K.K)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
FTC surcharged participants in bidding for port/harbor construction contracts called by Nagasaki Prefecture* As for bidding called by Nagasaki Prefecture, the JFTC sentenced to pay surcharge to 15 participants in tendering for port/harbor construction contracts, etc.l on 19 February 2003 under (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues its recommendations against participants in bidding for placing road traffic signals (Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
JFTC recommendation to participants in bidding for placing road traffic signals etc. called by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department* As for bidding called by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) for placing road traffic signals,the participants, totaling 17 corporations received (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission fines ten corporations wholesaling drugs/medicines for having implemented an anticompetitive agreement (VITAL-NET)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Surcharge sentenced to drug wholesalers in Miyagi Prefecture* FTC sentenced to pay surcharge to ten corporations wholesaling drugs/medicines on 10 February 2003 under Section 48-2 (1) of the Antimonopoly Act. 1. Outline of violation (recommendation 3 Dec 2001, decision 21 Jan 2002)  There was (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues its recommendations against participants in bidding for clinical laboratory test market launched by national public hospitals (SRL)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
JFTC renders recommendation to participants in bids for clinical laboratory test called by national/public hospitals* As for bidding called by national/public hospitals in Tokyo/Nagoya/Osaka/Fukuoka areas for a clinical laboratory test, the following participants received FTC recommendation in (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues its recommendations against several participants in bidding for a construction contract and imposes remedies to the Mayor for ensure the competition between the participants (Iwamisawa Construction Association and Iwamisawa Piping Cooperative)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
JFTC recommendation to participants in bidding for a construction contract invited by Iwamizawa City and remedical actions requested of the Mayor of Iwamiawa City* As for the bidding called by Iwamisawa-City for a construction contract, 126 participants in bidding received FTC recommendation (...)

Dominance

The Tokyo District Court denies a claim of abuse of dominance in the optical fiber data service market (SB/ NTT)
McDermott Will & Emery (Brussels)
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Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (Tokyo)
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Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (Tokyo)
I. Introduction On 19 June 2014, the Tokyo District Court (“Court”) denied SB’s challenge that NTT (i) abused its superior bargaining position or (ii) engaged in unjust refusal, by bundling optical fibre data services and only allowing SB to lease fibre circuits in a bundle of eight . The Court (...)

The Tokyo High Court recognizes that providing advice or guidance to franchisees to sell products at “recommended price” is indeed an abuse of a superior bargaining position (SEJ)
McDermott Will & Emery (Brussels)
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Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (Tokyo)
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Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (Tokyo)
I. Introduction A private party is entitled to file an Article 25 suit against a party that has committed a certain act in violation of AMA, including but not limited to unfair trade practice by abusing of superior bargaining position, on condition that there is a final and binding (...)

The Japanese Congress enacts the Pass-on Consumption Tax Act (POCTA) to prevent exploitative abuse when consumption tax rates are raised in the near future
University of Tokyo
Japan has enacted an Act which is relevant to discussion of exploitative abuse. The Act in question is the Pass-on Consumption Tax Act (Act No. 41 of the 12th June 2013), termed “POCTA” in this essay. 1. Overview Japan plans to raise consumption tax rates (from 5% to 8%) on the 1st April 2014 (...)

The JFTC issues a cease and desist order and imposes a surcharge payment on a toy and juvenile-products retailer for having abused of its superior bargaining position (Toys“R”Us-Japan)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
The JFTC issued Cease and Desist Order and Surcharge Payment Order against Toys“R”Us-Japan, Ltd* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) has investigated Toys“R”Us-Japan, Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “Toys“R”Us-Japan”) in accordance with the provisions under the Antimonopoly Act (AMA) and found (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues a cease and desist order to a chain of supermarkets for an abuse of superior bargaining position (Sanyo Marunaka)
Van Bael & Bellis
Facts and procedure of the case Sanyo Marunaka is a powerful retail chain of supermarkets called ‘Marunaka’ active in several areas including Okayama prefecture and Osaka city in Japan. It has developed approximately 73 retail shops and its annual turnover is marked as over Yen 120 billion (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues a cease and desist order against a company providing social networking service for mobile (DeNA)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Cease and Desist Order against DeNA Co., Ltd* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) has investigated DeNA Co.,Ltd. (DeNA) in accordance with the provisions of the Antimonopoly Act (AMA) and found it to be in violation of Article 19 of the AMA (falling within Paragraph 14 [Interference with a (...)

The Tokyo District Court grants an injunction under article 24 of the Japanese Antimonopoly Act for the first time against anti-competitive practices (Dry ice)
Nishimura & Asahi (Tokyo)
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Nishimura & Asahi
On March 30, 2011, the Tokyo District Court granted a temporary injunction under Article 24 of the Act on Prohibition of Private Monopolization and Maintenance of Fair Trade (Act No. 54 of April 14, 1947) (the “Japanese Antimonopoly Act”) against a manufacturer of dry ice for anti-competitive (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues draft guidelines on the prohibition of abuse of a superior bargaining position under the Anti-Monopoly Law (AML)
Winston & Strawn (New York)
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Jones Day (Tokyo)
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Jones Day (Tokyo)
The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) has issued draft guidelines on enforcement of the prohibition on abuse of a superior bargaining position, which long has been a violation of Japan’s « Anti-Monopoly Law » (AML) and has been enforced mostly through the Japanese administrative guidance system. (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues a cease and desist order against a company for having coerced japanese manufacturers to conclude a restrictive licence agreement on essential patents (Qualcomm)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Cease and Desist Order against QUALCOMM Inc orporated* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) has investigated QUALCOMM Incorporated (QUALCOMM) in accordance with the provisions of the Antimonopoly Act (AMA) and found it to be in violation of Article 19 of the AMA (falling within Paragraph 13 (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission challenges "essential" patent licenses under (Qualcomm)
Jones Day (Tokyo)
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Jones Day (Tokyo)
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Jones Day (Tokyo)
The Japan Fair Trade Commission ("JFTC") has announced a cease and desist order requiring that Qualcomm Inc. rescind license provisions that required licensees to cross-license their patents to Qualcomm and refrain from asserting their own patents against Qualcomm or Qualcomm licensees. The (...)

The Japanese Competition Authority finds the prevention by a franchisor of discount sales of fresh foods and beverages by franchisees to be an abuse of a superior bargaining position (Seven-Eleven Japan)
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (Tokyo)
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Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (Tokyo)
I. Introduction On 22 June 2009, the Japan Fair Trade Commission (“JFTC”) found that Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Ltd. (“SEJ”) abused its superior bargaining position in violation of Article 19 of the Antimonopoly Act (“AMA”) by forcing some of its franchisees to stop discount sales of fresh foods and (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues a cease and desist order against a franchising business company for having abused of its dominant bargaining position (Seven-Eleven)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Cease and Desist Order against Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Ltd.* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC)investigated Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as Seven-Eleven Japan) in accordance with the provision of the Antimonopoly Act and found that Seven-Eleven Japan was in violation (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Authority makes a cease and desist order against a musical copyright company for having excluded management business operators (JASRAC)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Cease and Desist Order against Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (hereinafter “JFTC”) had investigated Japanese Society for Rights of Authors,Composers and Publishers (hereinafter referred to as “JASRAC”) in accordance with the (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission orders the remove of Non-Assertion Provision (NAP) from Windows (Microsoft)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Hearing Decision against Microsoft Corporation* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (“JFTC”) decided on September 1,2004 to commence hearing procedures against Microsoft Corporation,(hereinafter referred to as “the Respondent”) and subsequently instructed the hearing examiners to go through the (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues a cease and desist order against NAP clause preventing licensees from asserting certain intellectual property rights against its holder and customers (Microsoft)
Morrison & Foerster (Tokyo)
On September 16, 2008, Japan Fair Trade Commission (the “JFTC”) issued a ruling against Microsoft Corporation (“MS”) regarding its use of a so-called “NAP” clause in its software licenses. The MS NAP clause prevented licensees from asserting certain intellectual property rights against MS and its (...)

The Japanese courts dismiss a predatory pricing lawsuit brought by Yamato against Japan Post (Yamato Unyu, Nippon Yūsei Kōsha, Yūbin Jigyō)
European Commission - DG COMP
The views expressed in this case summary are those of the author, not those of any organisation. Yamato, Japan’s largest door-to-door delivery service, sought injunctive relief against the low prices of a competitor, Japan Post. In a judgment of 19 January 2006, the Tokyo District Court (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues its recommendations against a processor manufacturer for having implemented potentially anticompetitive conditional rebates (Intel)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
The JFTC rendered a recommendation to Intel K.K.* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), March 8, 2005, rendered a recommendation to a Japan-based company, Intel Kabushiki Kaisha (IJKK), a whollyowned subsidiary of Intel International (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation, Santa (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission recommends a processor manufacturer to eliminate exclusivity conditions imposed on five Japanese PC manufacturers for receiving price rebates and advertising subsidies (Intel)
Morrison & Foerster (Tokyo)
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Tokyo University of Science
On March 8, 2005, the Fair Trade Commission of Japan ("JFTC") challenged certain rebate and marketing programs of Intel Corp.’s Japanese subsidiary, Intel K.K., and recommended in a proposed order that Intel eliminate certain exclusivity conditions imposed on five Japanese PC manufacturers (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues its recommendations against two companies to prevent the violation of Antimonopoly Act in the field of music broadcasting to the service stores (Usen and Nippon Network Vision)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Recommendations to Usen Corperation and Nippon Network Vision Corperation* The Fair Trade Commission has investigated two companies, namely, Usen Corporation and Nippon Network Vision Corporation (hereinafter referred to as “the Two Companies”) based on the provisions of the Antimonopoly Act. (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues its decision against music broadcasting providers for the allegation of private monopolisation (Usen and Nippon Network Vision)
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Tokyo)
The JFTC issued a decision to Usen Corporation and Nippon Network Vision Corporation The JFTC issued a decision to Usen Corporation and Nippon Network Vision Corporation, Japanese companies which are active in music broadcasting business for shops, hotels and other commercial users, to take (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues its recommendations on Non-Assertion Provision (NAP) provisions in software license agreements (Microsoft)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
The JFTC renders a Recommendation to Microsoft Corporation* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (hereinafter “JFTC”), upon conducting an investigation into Microsoft Corporation (hereinafter “Microsoft”), found that Microsoft is conducting “Dealing on Restrictive Terms” and issued a recommendation to (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues its recommendations against a large retailer who could have abusing of its superior bargaining position against suppliers (Sanyo Marunaka)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
JFTC renders a Recommendation to a department store, Sanyo -Marunaka K.K. against unfair trade practice* The Fair Trade Commission, following an investigation, today rendered a recommendation to Sanyo-Marunaka K.K. as they are in violation of Section 19 of the Antimonopoly Act (Paragraphs 1, 2 (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues a recommendation to a dominante telecom company in the optical broadband communications services market (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
JFTC renders recommendation and warning to Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corporation on optical broadband communications services* The JFTC, following an investigation, today issued a recommendation to Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corporation (NTT East) for the violation of (...)

Mergers

The Japanese Competition Authority opens an in-depth review concerning a merger in the market of containerboard (Nippon Paper Industries / Tokushu Tokai Paper)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
The JFTC Opens Secondary Review Concerning the Proposed Transactions including Establishment of a Joint Selling Company for Containerboards etc by Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. and Tokushu Tokai Paper Co., Ltd.and Solicits Comments from Third Parties* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission clears, subject to remedies, a merger in the market of manufacture and retail of paper and pulp products (Chuetsu / Oji)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
The JFTC Reviewed the Proposed Acquisition of Shares of Chuetsu Pulp & Paper Co., Ltd. by Oji Holdings Corporation* Receiving notification regarding the proposed acquisition of shares of Chuetsu Pulp & Paper Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “Chuetsu”) by Oji Holdings Corporation (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission opens in-depth investigation on a merger in the market of manufacturing and selling paper and pulp products and launches a market inquiry (Chuetsu Pulp & Paper / Oji Holdings)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
The JFTC Opens Secondary Review Concerning the Proposed Acquisition of Shares of Chuetsu Pulp & Paper Co., Ltd. by Oji Holdings Corporation and Solicits Comments from Third Parties* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) received the notification pursuant to the provision of the (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission clears an acquisition of shares, subject to remedies, in the retail of electric appliances market (Yamada Denki / Best Denki)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
The JFTC Closed its Review on the Proposed Acquisition of Shares of BEST DENKI Co., Ltd.by YAMADA DENKI Co., Ltd.* Upon a notification regardinga proposed acquisition of shares of BEST DENKI Co., Ltd. (BEST DENKI)by YAMADA DENKI Co., Ltd. (YAMADA DENKI), the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC)had (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission clears a merger, subject to remedies, in the financial instrument market (Tokyo Stock Exchange Group / Osaka Securities Exchange)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
The JFTC Closed its Review on the Proposed Business Combination between Tokyo Stock Exchange Group, Inc. and Osaka Securities Exchange Co., Ltd* Upon receipt of the notification of a plan regarding the proposed business combination between Tokyo Stock Exchange Group, Inc. and Osaka Securities (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission clears a merger, subject to remedies, in the manufacture and sale of steel products market (Nippon Steel / Sumitomo Metal Industries)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Results of Investigation into the Proposed Merger between Nippon Steel Corporation and Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd* Upon the receipt of notification of a plan regarding the merger between Nippon Steel Corporation and Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd.,the Japan Fair Trade Commission (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission proposes revised merger regulation and guidelines
Jones Day (Tokyo)
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Jones Day (Tokyo)
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Jones Day (Tokyo)
The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) has proposed revised merger regulation and guidelines, to further improve transparency and predictability of merger review procedure under the Antimonopoly Act and make Japanese merger regulation more consistent with international standards. The main (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission clears, subject to remedies, an acquisition in the analytical instruments markets (Agilent Technologies / Varian)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
The Proposed Acquisition of Shares of Varian, Inc. by Agilent Technologies, Inc.* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (hereinafter “JFTC”) accepted a notification from Agilent Technologies,Inc. (based in the United States; hereinafter "Agilent") with regard to the acquisition of shares of Varian, Inc. (...)

The Japanese Parliament adopts a pre-notification system for share acquisitions and modifies existing notification thresholds
Morrison & Foerster (Tokyo)
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Tokyo University of Science
On June 3, 2009, a number of amendments (the “Amendments”) to the Act governing the Prohibition of Private Monopolization and Maintenance of Fair Trade (the “Act”) were passed by the National Diet of Japan. The Amendments comprise of several changes to the existing Act, including an increase in the (...)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission clears an acquisition following remedials measures proposed by the parties in the market of the manufacture and sale of beverage vending machines (Fuji Electric / SANYO Electric Vending Machine)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Acquisition of the Stock of SANYO Electric Vending Machine Co., Ltd. by Fuji Electric Co., Ltd.* The Fair Trade Commission (hereinafter referred to as "FTC") received a request from Fuji Electric Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as "Fuji") and SANYO Electric Vending Machine Co., Ltd. (...)

Procedures

The Japan Fair Trade Commission releases survey on corporate compliance efforts and recommends best practices
Sheppard Mullin (Washington)
On November 28, 2012, the Japan Fair Trade Commission (“JFTC”) published the findings of its 2012 survey of corporate compliance practices based on (i) responses from approximately 879 companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange; (ii) interviews of six attorneys specializing in corporate or (...)

The Osaka District Court orders the Japan Fair Trade Commission to submit documents in relation to a shareholder derivative suit (Sumitomo Electric)
Nishimura & Asahi (Tokyo)
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Nishimura & Asahi (Tokyo)
On July 15, 2012, the Osaka District Court ordered the Japan Fair Trade Commission (the “JFTC”) to submit (i) written statements of employees of Sumitomo Electric Industries (“Sumitomo Electric”) and (ii) Sumitomo Electric’s report to the JFTC in relation to the shareholder derivative suit against (...)

The Tokyo District Court awards damages to the Japanese State in a bid-rigging case concerning the supply of jet fuel (Kosumo Sekiyu)
European Commission - DG COMP
I. Introduction In a judgment of 27 June 2011, the Tokyo District Court ordered nine oil companies to pay a total of 8.4 billion yen (104 million dollars at the time) to the Japanese State in restitution. The oil companies had violated the Japanese Antimonopoly Act by engaging in bid-rigging (...)

The Japanese Government proposes to reform the Fair Trade Commission’s hearing procedure for antitrust violations
Winston & Strawn (New York)
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Jones Day (Tokyo)
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Jones Day (Tokyo)
The Japanese government has proposed significant changes to the procedures for challenging orders issued for antitrust violations by the Japanese Fair Trade Commission (JFTC). The Cabinet submitted a bill of amendments to the Antimonopoly Act (AMA) to the House of Representatives (Shugiin) on (...)

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