Region: Japan

JFTC commissioner: regulation of digital platforms could stifle innovation

A commissioner at Japan’s competition authority has said she is worried that plans by competition agencies around the world to impose more regulations on digital platforms could lead to a stifling of innovation.

14 September 2021

Apple agrees to global App Store changes to close JFTC probe

Japan’s antitrust watchdog has closed an investigation into Apple after the iPhone maker agreed to permit applications like Spotify, Netflix and Hulu to include an in-app link to allow users to make payments through a developer’s website.

02 September 2021

The Asia-Pacific Round-up (16 July 2021)

News in brief from the Asia-Pacific region… As each week goes by, there are near constant developments in China’s “Big Tech Crackdown”, which has touched nearly every major technology company in the country. China’s competition watchdog has kept Tencent in its sights for some time, but recently took its most significant decision against the homegrown technology company – blocking outright a planned merger.

15 July 2021

Maglev bid-riggers escape jail time in Japan

A Tokyo court has fined two of Japan’s “big four” construction companies €3.9 million for rigging bids to construct a major magnetic levitation train line, while sentencing a former executive from each company to 18 months of probation.

01 March 2021

JFTC upholds cardboard cartel decisions

The internal tribunal at Japan’s competition authority has largely upheld two decisions the agency issued in 2014 to penalise cartels in the markets for cardboard products.

15 February 2021

JFTC cancels cease and desist order following procedural complaint

Japan’s competition watchdog has walked back a cease and desist order it imposed on a supermarket chain after the Tokyo High Court raised due process concerns about its decision to censure the company for abusing its superior bargaining position.

03 February 2021

Report reveals fluctuations in cartel fines in 2020 across Asia-Pacific

Cartel fines in Korea and Taiwan increased significantly in 2020 from the previous year, although they fell steeply in China, Japan, Australia and India, a report by Morgan Lewis & Bockius has revealed.

15 January 2021

JFTC fines construction companies in maglev probe

Japan’s competition watchdog has imposed more than €34 million in fines on two major construction companies for conspiring to fix bids on tenders for the construction of a major magnetic levitation train line.

05 January 2021

From the enforcer: Fair Trade Commission

Featured in Enforcer Hub

18 December 2020


Featured in GCR 100 2021

A mix of well-regarded domestic and international law firms make up the highly capable Japanese competition bar, which contends with an active enforcer that sits on the front lines of key issues regarding digital platforms and more.

11 December 2020

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