On December 9, 2020, the Japan Fair Trade Commission (“JFTC”) brought criminal accusations with regard to bid-rigging involving pharmaceutical products ordered by the Japan Community Healthcare Organization (“JCHO”). Three pharmaceutical wholesalers and seven individuals were indicted. According to news media, on November 27, 2019, the JFTC conducted dawn raids against four pharmaceutical wholesalers—Alfresa Corporation (“Alfresa”), Mediceo Corporation (“Mediceo”), Suzuken Co., Ltd.
The Japanese FTC brings criminal accusations over bid-rigging against four wholesalers in the pharmaceutical sector (Alfresa / Mediceo / Suzuken / Toho)
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