Region: Japan

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

Japan to probe Google, Amazon and others

Japan’s Fair Trade Commission will reportedly examine the practices of Google, Amazon and other major technology companies to see if the data they possess allows them to abuse their dominant market positions and stifle innovation for Japanese competitors.

05 November 2018


30 October 2018

Japanese construction companies fined in Maglev probe

A court in Japan has imposed a €2.96 million fine on two of Japan’s four largest construction companies for conspiring to fix bids for the construction of a €70 billion magnetic levitation train line – called the maglev project.

24 October 2018

Japan closes Airbnb probe

Japan’s Fair Trade Commission has ended its probe into the Japanese subsidiary of Airbnb after the home-sharing platform agreed to stop preventing its clients from listing properties on other websites.

11 October 2018

Japanese ex-enforcer opens boutique

Tsuyoshi Ikeda, a former investigator for Japan's Fair Trade Commission, has left Mori Hamada & Matsumoto to start an antitrust and consumer protection boutique law firm.

02 October 2018

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