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)

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 (approximately €930 million). On 18 May 2010, the Japan Fair Trade Commission (hereinafter referred to as ‘JFTC’) conducted an inspection alleging that Sanyo Marunaka’s commercial practices against 165 suppliers might be considered an abuse of superior bargaining position. On 22 June 2011, the JFTC issued a cease and desist order stating that the following business practices were in breach of Article 2(9)5 and Article 19 of the Antimonopoly Act of Japan (hereinafter referred to as ‘AMA’) and ordered

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Etsuko Kameoka, 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), 22 June 2011, e-Competitions Bulletin June 2011, Art. N° 72370

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