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Laura Liu moderated the discussion.
Under the Anti-Monopoly Law, merger review in Japan covers share acquisition, interlocking directorates, mergers, spin-offs, joint share transfers, and business acquisitions. The examination schedule has two phases. Phase I lasts thirty days and most cases are completed after Phase I. In some complex cases, merger cases move into Phase II, which can last up to ninety days after JFTC receives all the reports it needs to make a decision, or 120 days after filing, whichever is longer. There are thresholds for reporting requirements. However, the JFTC can also review non-notifiable transactions, which is particularly important in today’s changing economy where there is uncertainty about the exact nature of the market or what may result in the future.