Region: Japan

Appeal season: The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 28 June 2019

Some important appeals are now on the docket. For the well-established Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the appeal will focus on whether the country’s Federal Court can accept a remedy that the antitrust watchdog found to be insufficient. For the fledgling Hong Kong Competition Commission, appeals have been filed against its victories in the territory’s first two cartel cases. It has also been an active week elsewhere in Asia-Pacific, with a couple of price-fixing decisions, the resignation of a competition boss and more.

27 June 2019

JFTC fines asphalt price fixers

Japan’s antitrust watchdog has fined two companies more than 3.14 billion yen (€25.7 million) for fixing the price of asphalt used in pavement.

25 June 2019

Japan approves sweeping cartel enforcement reforms

Japan’s competition authority has secured sweeping new powers designed to make cartel fines more flexible and provide greater incentives for companies to cooperate with the authority in cartel investigations.

20 June 2019

JFTC raids three contact lens companies

Japan’s antitrust watchdog has raided the offices of three contact lens companies, reportedly over allegations that they have forced retailers to not list prices when advertising.

13 June 2019

Not relying on leniency will encourage applications, Prewitt says

Competition authorities must be better at developing their own investigative techniques for discovering cartels, to create a fear of detection that brings forward leniency applicants, Latham and Watkins partner Elizabeth Prewitt has said.

06 June 2019

Peer pressure is crucial to ICN’s role, ex-JFTC official says

An important role of the International Competition Network is to apply peer pressure to ensure nations adopt global standards of competition enforcement, a former secretary general of Japan’s Fair Trade Commission has said.

06 June 2019

German enforcer: Innovation in digital economy is all about data access

The head of Germany’s Monopolies Commission has praised Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon for investing in innovation, but said they need to grant greater access to rivals.

03 June 2019

JFTC hones digital platform probe

Japan’s antitrust watchdog has seemingly narrowed its probe into several major digital platforms after users expressed concerns about unilateral changes to contract terms, opaque practices and data collection.

18 April 2019

Japan investigates online booking companies

Japan’s antitrust watchdog has launched a probe into Rakuten Travel – and reportedly Expedia and Booking.com as well – for alleged violations of the country’s antitrust law.

10 April 2019

Japanese enforcer reverses Qualcomm decision

Japan’s antitrust watchdog has revoked a cease-and-desist order against US chipmaker Qualcomm, nearly a decade after it found that the company failed to comply with an obligation to license its patents on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms.

19 March 2019

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