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Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 31, 2023
Three Japan utilities face record-high antitrust fines over alleged cartel
The penalty — a total of ¥101 billion — is the highest ever imposed by the Fair Trade Commission for a violation of the anti-monopoly law.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 9, 2023
Dentsu and other firms may face criminal charges over alleged Olympics bid-rigging
The Tokyo District Public Prosecutor's Office and the Fair Trade Commission are considering action against six firms suspected of predetermining who would plan test events and manage venues.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 28, 2022
FTC shames organizations unwilling to discuss price hikes at suppliers' request
A probe by the antitrust watchdog found 4,030 organizations had engaged in action that possibly amounts to an abuse of a superior bargaining position under the antimonopoly law.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 13, 2022
Johnson & Johnson's Japan unit searched over alleged antitrust violation
The Japan Fair Trade Commission suspects Johnson & Johnson K.K. and ASP Japan of obstructing competitors' sales of cleaners and disinfectants for endoscopes.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 10, 2020
Amazon's Japan unit to return ¥2 billion to suppliers, FTC says
The cash will be distributed to 1,400 suppliers after they shouldered part of the costs to cover discounts.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 4, 2020
Amazon's Japan unit submits set of reforms to antitrust watchdog
The law prohibits companies from abusing their superior positions to illicitly earn profits from other parties by making demands, including for money.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 3, 2020
Japan's convenience stores are told to stop pushing 24-hour schedules
The firms' business models have been criticized for putting profit ahead of the needs of franchise owners.
BUSINESS
Jul 7, 2020
Japan FTC slaps aircraft fuel supplier for barring rival
Japan's Fair Trade Commission on Tuesday issued a cease-and-desist order to major aircraft fuel supplier Mainami Aviation Services Co. after the Tokyo-based firm allegedly obstructed a rival from entering the market.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 13, 2020
Japan FTC warns of possible illegal points programs
The Fair Trade Commission has said some actions taken by loyalty point program operators may constitute antitrust law violations.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 6, 2020
Rakuten puts free delivery plan on hold after backlash from retailers
Rakuten's retailers have made it clear that they are not all on board with shouldering the shipping costs.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 28, 2020
Rakuten's plan to force shipping costs on retailers draws ire of Japan's FTC
The Fair Trade Commission said Friday it has asked a court to halt Rakuten Inc.'s plan to make retailers on its online marketplace shoulder the cost of free shipping amid complaints about the policy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 10, 2020
Japan's antitrust watchdog searches Rakuten office over its free shipping policy
The antitrust watchdog Monday searched Rakuten Inc.'s head office in Tokyo over the internet mall operator's plan to make marketplace tenants shoulder the cost of its proposed free shipping service, sources close to the matter said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 29, 2020
Antitrust watchdog launches probe into Rakuten's free delivery plan
The Japan Fair Trade Commission has started investigating online mall operator Rakuten Inc.'s plan to make marketplace merchants shoulder the costs of its proposed free shipping service, a source close to the matter said Wednesday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 22, 2020
Online sellers petition for antitrust probe into Rakuten free shipping policy
A group of merchants on Rakuten Inc.'s online shopping mall on Wednesday submitted a petition with some 4,000 signatures to the Fair Trade Commission, asking it to investigate the e-commerce giant's planned free shipping policy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Nov 1, 2019
Manipulation of search results may violate antitrust law, says Japan's FTC
The Fair Trade Commission said in a survey report Thursday that the practice of online shopping site operators prioritizing products made by themselves or their affiliates in users' search results could be in violation of the anti-monopoly law.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 15, 2019
Walmart seen subsidizing vendors in online holiday price war with Amazon
Hold on to your smartphone — the holiday price wars between Walmart Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. are heating up.
BUSINESS
Oct 10, 2019
Japan's Fair Trade Commission probes restaurant booking websites over alleged strong-arm tactics
The Fair Trade Commission has launched an investigation into whether the operators of major restaurant search and booking websites in the country have imposed unreasonable conditions on participant eateries.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 12, 2019
BMW Japan raided by FTC over allegations it set unfair sales quotas: sources
Japan's Fair Trade Commission raided BMW Japan Corp. on Wednesday for allegedly imposing unreasonable sales quotas on its distributors and making them buy vehicles when they missed the targets.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 30, 2019
FTC compiles draft guidelines for tighter regulations on tech giants and use of customer data
The Fair Trade Commission said Thursday it has compiled draft guidelines for tighter regulation of technology giants in order to strengthen protection of customer data, and aims to introduce the first such rules as early as October.
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 7, 2019
Japan's FTC demands action from four big contractors who keep cropping up in antitrust cases
The apparently unprecedented move by the FTC followed a spate of antitrust violations by companies linked to the four — Obayashi Corp., Kajima Corp., Taisei Corp. and Shimizu Corp.

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