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The Cabinet approved a bill Friday that would strip the antimonopoly watchdog of the power to make rulings on the fairness of its own judgments.

The move came amid claims by the business community that it was unjust that the Fair Trade Commission was tasked with “re-examining” the rightfulness of its own administrative orders in cases where companies had expressed discontent.

The bill to revise the Antimonopoly Law, likely to be enacted during the current Diet session through June, would enable companies to file their complaints directly with courts, bypassing the FTC’s re-examination process.

In relation to separate efforts to increase the transparency of the commission’s activities, the bill would also allow companies to view the evidence used by the FTC to determine its orders, even before those orders are actually issued.

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