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 (...)

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 FTC clears a merger subject to remedies in the market of manufacture and retail of paper and pulp products (Chuetsu Pulp & Paper / Oji Holdings)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
THE JTFC 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 (...)

Procedures

The Japanese FTC and the EU Commission announce their intention to upgrade the current antitrust co-operation agreement between Japan and the EU
Norton Rose Fulbright (Brussels)
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Norton Rose Fulbright (Brussels)
ENHANCED SHARING OF ANTITRUST EVIDENCE: NEW EU/JAPAN COOPERATION AGREEMENT* On 15 March 2016, the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) and the European Commission (Commission) announced their intention to upgrade the current antitrust co-operation agreement between Japan and the European Union. (...)

Regulatory

The Japan Anti-Monopoly Act grants new powers to the Japanese Fair Trade Commission when accepting voluntary commitments from companies suspected of having infringed the Act
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Tokyo)
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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Tokyo)
Recent amendments to Japan’s Anti-Monopoly Act (AMA) that came into effect on 1 January 2019 give the country’s competition regulator, the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), powers to accept voluntary commitments from companies suspected of having infringed the AMA. This will allow the JFTC to (...)

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