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Annual Report (January-December 2005)

Table of contents

I Changes regarding competition laws and policies - Outline of new regulations in competition laws and related legislations

1 Amendment of the Antimonopoly Act

 1) Establishment of the Amended Antimonopoly Act

 2) Development of relevant Cabinet Orders and Fair Trade Commission rules

2 Bilateral cooperation agreements

 1) Signing of "Agreement between Government of Japan and the Government of Canada Concerning Cooperation on Anticompetitive Activities"

 2) Signing of "Agreement between the Government of Japan and the Government of Malaysia for an Economic Partnership"

 3) Other moves toward agreements

II Enforcement of competition laws and policies

1 Measures against violations

 1) Measures taken in 2005

 2) Summary of main cases

 3) Litigation

2 Mergers and acquisitions

 1) Effort to progress transparency and predictability of mergers and acquisitions regulations

 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

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

2 Notification of "Designation of Specific Unfair Trade Practices by Large-Scale Retailers Relating to Trade with Suppliers"

3 Revision of "Guidelines for Proper Electric Power Trade"

4 Publication of "Guidelines on Standardization and Patent Pool Arrangements"

IV Japan Fair Trade Commission resources (FY2005)

1 Budget

2 Number of officials

3 Activities of the Competition Policy Research Center

V Main surveys related to competition policy

1 Mutual entries into the public utilities fields

2 Survey report on actual trade conditions of funeral services

3 Survey report on actual approaches to prevent bid rigging in public purchasing, etc.

4 Survey of actual trade conditions in the advertising industry

5 Survey report on actual distribution conditions of medical devices

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