The Asia-Pacific Antitrust Review 2008

Japan: Merger Control

Etsuko Hara , Vassili Moussis and Ezaki Shigeyoshi

01 January 1900

The regulation of mergers in Japan is achieved through the combination of a relatively complex set of legislative and non-legislative rules. Following the amendment of Law No. 54 of 1947, as amended (the Anti-Monopoly Act, AMA), effective from January 2006, which strengthened the enforcement of competition rules in Japan, an amendment to the 'guidelines to the application of the Anti-Monopoly Act concerning review of business combination' (Merger Guidelines) was adopted on 28 March 2007. This amendment further aligns the Japanese merger control review standards with those of the EU.

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