On 28 January 2022, the Japan Fair Trade Commission published a report warning that setting offering prices for startup companies without sufficient explanation or reasonable grounds may give rise to concerns under the Japanese Anti-Monopoly Act. Given the authority’s close scrutiny of such transactions, securities companies involved in initial public offerings are strongly advised to review their offering price-setting processes, including whether sufficient discussions have been held with the startup companies, to ensure that they are not setting prices unilaterally.
In June 2022, amendments to the Whistleblower Protection Act, which protects employees who have reported violations of certain laws specified in the WPA, are expected to come into force. Amongst other items, the Amended WPA includes a mandatory obligation for companies of a certain size to establish a whistleblowing system with the aim of ensuring the protection of whistleblowers.
New law affecting digital markets in Japan now in effect
A new law that would require greater transparency in transactions involving digital platform operators came into force on 1 February 2021.
The Act for Amendment of the Antimonopoly Act (“Amendment”) was enacted on 19 June 2019, and was promulgated on the 26th of the same month.
JFTC clears merger between Z Holdings Corporation and LNE Corporation
Remarkable digital platform mergers under the JFTC’s revised merger review guidelines.
This update was published on 16 October 2020 as part of our quarterly newsletter, Asia Pacific Competition Highlights. Click here to access the full report, which covers the most notable antitrust developments across 11 Asia Pacific jurisdictions.
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