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Annual Report (January-December 2002)

Table of contents

Executive Summary

I Changes to competition laws and policies Outline of new regulations in competition laws and related legislation

1 Legislation

 1) Amendment of the Antimonopoly Act

 2) Enactment of the Act Concerning Elimination and Prevention of Involvement in Bid Rigging etc.

2 Revisions of guidelines

 1) Guidelines for Promotion of Competition in the Telecommunications Business Field

 2) Guidelines Concerning Appropriate Electric Power Dealings

 3) Guidelines Concerning Franchising under the Antimonopoly Act

3 Bilateral Cooperation Agreements

 1) European Community

 2) The Republic of Singapore

 3) Others

II Enforcement of competition laws and policies

1 Measures against violations

 1) Measures taken in 2002

 2) Summary of main cases

 3) Litigation

2 Mergers and acquisitions

 1) Policies Dealing with Prior Consultation Regarding Enterprise Combination Plans

 2) Statistics relating to mergers and acquisitions

 3) Main mergers and acquisitions cases

III The role of a competition authority in the formulation and implementation of other policies (regulatory reform, trade and industrial policies, etc.)

1 Coordination between the Antimonopoly Act and other economic laws and ordinances

2 Administrative coordination

3 Reform of government regulations

 1) Report of Study Group on Government Regulations and Competition Policy

 2) Survey Report on Public Service Corporation Reforms and Competition Policy in the Standards Certification Sector

IV Japan Fair Trade Commission resources (fiscal 2002)

1 Budget

2 Number of officials

V Main surveys related to competition policy

1 Survey Report on Business Alliances and Competition among Firms

2 Survey Report on Competition in an Innovation Market from the Viewpoint of Competition Policy - Focusing on the Pharmaceutical Industry -

3 Survey Report on Globalization and Market Structure

4 Report on Role of Competition Policy in Strengthening Economic Partnership with East Asian Countries

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