Recent Developments in Japanese Cartel Enforcement – Time for a Change?

Recent Developments in Japanese Cartel Enforcement – Time for a Change?

By Atsushi Yamada – This year, the Japan Fair Trade Commission celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the leniency system in Japan. As of March 2016, there had been a total 938 applications since the system’s introduction in January 2006. This article outlines a number of recent cartel enforcement developments in Japan.

Digging Deeper: Supplemental Reading

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Douglas Ginsburg, Joshua Wright, Bruce Kobayashi, Koren Wong-Ervin, Oct 14, 2015 For those interested in digging deeper into the subject, we’re providing links below to four comments made to Canada, Japan, China, and Korea regarding their respective approaches to Intellectual Property. The first two […]

Injunctive Relief for Infringement of FRAND-Assured Standard-Essential Patents: Japan and Canada Propose New Antitrust Guidance

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Lisa Kimmel, Oct 14, 2015 Courts and antitrust agencies across the globe continue to evaluate the role of antitrust enforcement in patent-licensing disputes between technology users and firms that have made commitments to provide access to patents essential to implement industry standards on […]

Japanese Leniency Program—Issues to be Considered

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Madoka Shimada, Sumito Nakano, Sep 16, 2015 The leniency program has played an important role in cartel investigations carried out by the Japan Fair Trade Commission, the sole competition authority in Japan, since the inception of the program in 2006. The program has frequently […]

The Efforts of the JFTC Toward Promoting Procedural Fairness and Transparency in the Investigation Proceedings

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Toshiyuki Nambu, Jul 15, 2015 HOW DOES THE CASE INVESTIGATION PROCEDURE OF THE JFTC ENCOURAGE TRANSPARENCY? The JFTC provides the investigated parties with the proper opportunity to express their views and to be informed of the relevant evidence by the investigators in the […]

The 2013 Amendments to Japan’s Anti-Monopoly Act: Some History and a Preliminary Evaluation

Oct 07, 2014 CPI Asia Column edited by Vanessa Zhang (Global Economics Group) presents: The 2013 Amendments to Japan’s Anti-Monopoly Act: Some History and a Preliminary Evaluation – Mel Marquis (European University Institute, Florence) & Shingo Seryo (Doshisha University, Kyoto)* Click here for a pdf version of this article. In this paper we discuss the […]

Competition Policy in Japan: Sizing Up the Takeshima Era

Aug 20, 2013 CPI Asia Column edited by Vanessa Yanhua Zhang (Global Economics Group) presents: Competition Policy in Japan: Sizing Up the Takeshima era – Akira Inoue (Baker & McKenzie/Gaikokuho, Tokyo) and Mel Marquis (European University Institute, Florence) (Click here for a PDF version of the article.) In 2012, Kazuhiko Takeshima concluded a ten-year term […]

Private Antitrust Actions in Japan

Kazunori Furuya, Mitsuo Matsushita, Apr 16, 2013 The Japanese Antimonopoly Law (hereafter referred to as “JAML”) was enacted in 1947 as part of the Economic Democratization Policy introduced into Japan by the Occupation Forces. Originally it was based on U.S. antitrust laws but, after more than 60 years of enforcement, JAML has acquired features unique […]

Outreach Activities of the JFTC

The Japan Fair Trade Commission, Aug 28, 2012 As in the case of any policy, unless the society, including government bodies, understands why a policy is established and implemented, how it is used, and what kind of advantages can be obtained, the policy won’t go anywhere. Therefore, the success of any policy depends on how […]

For Fair and Free Market Competition

Sep 13, 2011 For Fair and Free Market Competition Japan Fair Trade Commission (“JFTC”) strives for proactive and comprehensive public relations in order to make our concrete activities, enforcement of policy, interpretation of the Antimonopoly Act (“AMA”), and other related laws and regulations widely known. In this article, we introduce both our DVD for public […]