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 ...

JR retail unit ordered to let tenants pass on tax hike

Apr 24, 2014

JR retail unit ordered to let tenants pass on tax hike

The Fair Trade Commission has ordered a unit of East Japan Railway Co. to stop blocking its retailing partners from passing the April 1 sales tax hike to their products. The anti-monopoly watchdog issued the order Wednesday by making its first use of a ...

Mar 26, 2014

FTC raids Okayama concrete companies

The Fair Trade Commission raided a cooperative association of concrete makers in Okayama Prefecture on Wednesday on suspicion the group and its members blocked newcomers from doing business. The antimonopoly watchdog made surprise visits to more than 10 locations, including the offices of industry ...

Railway agency officials face bid rigging charges

Mar 4, 2014

Railway agency officials face bid rigging charges

Prosecutors plan to build a case against senior officials of a government-backed railway construction agency over alleged bid rigging in connection with projects for the Hokuriku bullet train line, sources said Tuesday. Officials of the Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency are suspected ...

Mar 3, 2014

Taxing adjustments ahead

With the consumption tax hike set to rise in less than a month, the government must make sure the hike doesn't lead to unfair transaction practices between large firms and their subcontractors and suppliers.