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 March 12, 2010. Most significantly, the bill would abolish the administrative hearings on alleged antitrust violations that currently are conducted by the JFTC and establish certain due process rights for parties being investigated prior to the issuance of a JFTC order. Under the

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Stephen Harris, Shinya Watanabe, Hiromitsu Miyakawa, Akio Yamada, The Japanese Government proposes to reform the Fair Trade Commission’s hearing procedure for antitrust violations, 12 March 2010, e-Competitions March 2010, Art. N° 33706

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