Region: Japan

Japan considers how to address digital economy

The digital economy is a priority for Japan’s Fair Trade Commission, a senior official said last week, as the agency considers how existing laws can address issues raised by online markets.

15 March 2019

Japanese authority expected to issue record antitrust fine

Japan’s competition enforcer is preparing to issue its largest-ever fine to eight construction companies that fixed prices and it will increase the sanctions by 50% due to repeat offending in the sector, according to local media.

07 March 2019

Japan probes Amazon and others over rewards programme

Japan’s antitrust watchdog will reportedly examine the country’s largest ecommerce website as well as Amazon’s and Yahoo’s local subsidiaries to determine whether they are forcing vendors to shoulder the costs of rewards programmes.

28 February 2019

Japan moves to expand leniency and legal protections

After years of planning, Japan’s government is set to introduce changes to the country’s antitrust leniency programme that may incentivise companies to cooperate more fully with its competition enforcer.

26 February 2019

JFTC trims first penalty for bargaining abuse

Japan’s antitrust watchdog has reduced a penalty it imposed on a supermarket chain nearly eight years ago for allegedly abusing its dominance over suppliers.

25 February 2019

Japan contemplates EU-style Big Tech expert panel

The Japanese government plans to create a new expert body to monitor the competition and data privacy practices of technology companies such as Facebook and Google.

14 February 2019

MoFo recruits from Latham in Tokyo

Daiske Yoshida has left Latham & Watkins after more than 20 years at the firm to join Morrison & Foerster’s Tokyo office as a partner.

14 January 2019

Japan to assess power of digital platforms

Japan’s Fair Trade Commission reportedly will survey the business practices of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple, while an agency study group has recommended the enforcer further investigates the conduct of digital platforms.

13 December 2018

Firms promote in Europe and Asia

Four firms have recently promoted members of their competition teams to counsel and partner in Europe and Asia.

04 December 2018

EU approves pharma deal with conditions

The European Commission has approved the takeover of Irish biopharma company Shire by Japanese drug maker Takeda, on the condition that Shire sells off a biologic still under development.

20 November 2018

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