After 15 months of investigation, the Fair Trade Commission concluded July 23 that it sees nothing illegal with Fuji Photo Film’s business practices, effectively turning down Washington’s calls for stricter implementation of the Antimonopoly Law.

At the same time, however, the antitrust watchdog imposed on the company to improve the transparency of its business practices to ensure that contracted distributors and retailers are free to handle other makers’ products. The FTC report came as disputes continue between Japan and the United States over the photo film and paper market, which Washington claims is closed to foreign competitors such as Eastman Kodak Co.

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