Jones Day (Tokyo)

Shinya Watanabe

Jones Day (Tokyo)
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Shinya Watanabe practices antitrust and competition law with an emphasis on international enforcement in relation to cartels, mergers and acquisitions, and other cross-border transactions. He also has significant experience in labor and employment law, including labor dispute resolution, especially for foreign companies operating in Japan. In addition, he has almost 30 years of experience in other types of international dispute resolution and cross-border transactions. He heads the antitrust and labor practices in the Tokyo Office. He has represented foreign companies before the Japan Fair Trade Commission and Japanese multinational companies before such foreign enforcement agencies as the U.S. Department of Justice and European Commission. He also has represented many foreign companies before the courts in Japan in labor disputes such as employee terminations, restructuring of labor contracts, and payment of overtime compensation. Shinya is currently a member of the Antitrust Working Group of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations and a member of the advisory council of Cornell Law School. In addition, he serves as an adjunct professor at Keio Law School where he teaches antitrust law. Shinya was appointed by the Tokyo District Court as an arbitrator in construction dispute resolutions and served in that capacity for six years. He also was appointed by the Japan Law Federation as one of the researchers for a comparative study on the relationship between antitrust laws and intellectual property rights in Japan, the United States, Canada, and the European Union.

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5436 Bulletin

Akio Yamada, Hiromitsu Miyakawa, Shinya Watanabe, Stephen Harris The Japan Fair Trade Commission issues draft guidelines on the prohibition of abuse of a superior bargaining position under the Anti-Monopoly Law (AML)


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. (...)

Akio Yamada, Hiromitsu Miyakawa, Shinya Watanabe, Stephen Harris The Japanese Government proposes to reform the Fair Trade Commission’s hearing procedure for antitrust violations


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 (...)

Akio Yamada, Hiromitsu Miyakawa, Shinya Watanabe, Stephen Harris 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


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 (...)

Peter J. Wang, Shinya Watanabe, Stephen Harris The South Korean FTC plans to strengthen enforcement against abuse of intellectual property rights by IT and pharmaceutical companies


On December 18, 2008, the primary competition law agency of Korea, the Korea Fair Trade Commission (« KFTC »), submitted to the President of Korea the KFTC’s business plan for 2009. Among other priorities, the KFTC stated that it plans to « strengthen enforcement against abuse of intellectual (...)

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