Region: Japan

JFTC commissioner joins antitrust boutique

Ikeda & Someya has recruited Yoshiharu Ojima following the expiration of his term as one of five commissioners at Japan’s Fair Trade Commission.

01 September 2022

Algorithms warrant scrutiny but no live cases yet, Japanese and Chinese enforcers say

Competition authorities in China and Japan are continuing to pay close attention to potential collusion through algorithms although neither agency is currently pursuing any cases in this area, officials at both enforcers have said.

26 August 2022

Baker McKenzie hires senior JFTC official

Shuichi Sugahisa, the former secretary general of Japan’s Fair Trade Commission, has joined Baker McKenzie’s antitrust practice almost 40 years after first starting at the agency.

17 August 2022

Expedia agrees to remove wide MFNs to resolve Japan probe

Expedia has agreed to stop forcing accommodation providers to keep rates on the platform equal to or lower than any other sales channel to resolve concerns raised by Japan’s Fair Trade Commission.

06 June 2022

Japan weighs regulating Apple and Google following government study

A special digital markets unit within the Japanese government has suggested regulating Apple and Google to stimulate competition in the mobile ecosystem market after concluding that restrictions on third-party application stores and the pre-installation of apps give the companies a competitive advantage.

27 April 2022

JFTC fines drug wholesalers for bid-rigging

Japan’s Fair Trade Commission has fined a trio of drug wholesalers a total of €3.1 million for rigging bids for contracts to supply medicines at 57 hospitals operated by a government-affiliated body.

30 March 2022

Tennis racquet maker commits to allowing parallel imports in Japan

Wilson Sporting Goods and its local affiliate have agreed to stop blocking other retailers from importing its official tennis racquets into Japan to resolve a probe by the country’s competition watchdog.

28 March 2022

Japan accepts commitments from Booking.com to remove MFNs

Japan’s Fair Trade Commission has closed a probe into Booking.com after the online platform agreed to stop forcing accommodation providers to offer it equivalent or more favourable rates than they offer its rivals.

17 March 2022

Japan fines printing companies for rigging bids

Japan’s Fair Trade Commission has fined 24 printing companies over €13.2 million for colluding to rig bids, in a decision that marks the first time the agency has criticised a contract provider for its tender process.

03 March 2022

A Q&A with Reiko Aoki

Reiko Aoki has been an economist and commissioner at Japan’s Fair Trade Commission since 2016. She spoke to GCR about the benefits of her agency’s voluntary commitment system, the authority’s ongoing pharmaceutical cases and the necessity of continued international cooperation in digital markets.

31 January 2022

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