Major department store chains raided over alleged price-fixing cartel

Jul 20, 2017

Major department store chains raided over alleged price-fixing cartel

The Fair Trade Commission has searched major department store chains mostly in western Japan on suspicion they formed a price cartel to inflate shipping charges for their products. The FTC's inspections over the alleged price-fixing practice were conducted Wednesday at seven chains, including Osaka-based Takashimaya ...

Aug 8, 2016

Amazon Japan offices raided in antitrust case

The fair trade watchdog raided the offices of Amazon Japan over allegations that it improperly pressured retailers that sold products on its site. The Japanese unit of the U.S.-based internet retailer forced conditions such as requiring retailers to sell products below the price they advertised ...

Jul 14, 2016

FTC reviewing whether no-resale LNG contracts are illegal

The Fair Trade Commission is investigating whether clauses in contracts for liquefied natural gas that restrict buyers from reselling the fuel violate the competition laws of the world's largest user of the super-chilled gas, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The investigation is ...

Jul 6, 2016

Japanese textbook publishers warned over gratuities paid to school teachers

The Fair Trade Commission warned nine publishers on Wednesday over gratuities paid to teachers for feedback on school textbooks undergoing government screening. The FTC pointed out that such practice might violate the antimonopoly law that bans attracting customers by providing unfair benefits. The antitrust watchdog also ...

Mar 17, 2015

Camping gear maker Coleman Japan inspected over pricing practice

The Fair Trade Commission on Tuesday inspected around 20 locations related to camping and outdoor equipment maker Coleman Japan Co. on suspicion it forced retailers to maintain its recommended prices. The Japanese unit of Coleman Co. of the U.S. said it will cooperate fully with ...

Jun 25, 2014

Nursery field should be open to stock companies, FTC says

Japan's Fair Trade Commission urged local governments on Wednesday to remove barriers to shareholder-owned companies setting up and operating nursery schools. Local governments should end unfair practices that discriminate against certain businesses, the commission said. The FTC, which conducted a survey, said some local governments not ...