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China, Japan Prepare New Antitrust Rules

Nagano Yuriko | November 27, 2007

Companies jockeying for dominant positions in Asian markets, beware: Regulators in China and Japan are launching new efforts to strengthen their antitrust policies.

The two countries are taking starkly different approaches. Japan wants to bring its competition laws up to Western standards, and to that end the Japan Fair Trade Commission has proposed revising the major overhaul it implemented less than two years ago. The latest reforms would broaden the scope of who can be fined by the JFTC for violating the rules, a move that could work in foreign companies’ favor.

China’s efforts, however, are much less clear. The country passed landmark antitrust legislation in August, which so far has been well received. But as often happens with China, details on how the law will be enforced (it goes into effect next August) and how to comply with it remain undisclosed. Furthermore, it’s unclear whether the law will work to the advantage of... To get the full story, subscribe now.