Region: Japan

Apple faces allegations of abuse in Japan

Japan’s competition authority is reportedly investigating Apple for allegedly abusing its superior bargaining position by forcing local manufacturers to supply for free information and technology that is needed to produce parts used in Apple products.

07 August 2019

JFTC cuts record cartel fine by a third

Japan’s antitrust watchdog has fined eight construction companies about 40 billion yen (€330.3 million) for fixing the price of asphalt – a third less than originally expected due to a revision of the country’s antitrust law.

31 July 2019

G7 enforcers reach common ground on digital enforcement

Competition law is flexible and can be adapted to the challenges of the digital economy, but governments should look at whether their policies or regulations impede competition, agencies from the G7 countries have said.

18 July 2019

JFTC to clamp down on consumer data use

Japan’s antitrust watchdog is reportedly preparing guidance that says the use of consumer data without consent will constitute an abuse of a dominant position under the country’s antitrust law.

17 July 2019

EU fines Canon €28 million for gun jumping

Camera maker Canon will appeal against the European Commission’s fine for starting the acquisition of Toshiba Medical Systems (TMSC) before notifying the agency.

27 June 2019

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

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