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Annual Report (January-December 2004)

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

2 Bilateral Cooperation Agreements

 1) Signing for "Agreement between Japan and the United Mexican States for the strengthening of the economic partnership"

 2) Other moves toward agreements

II Enforcement of competition laws and policies

1 Measures against violations

 1) Measures taken in 2004

 A) Legal measures

 B) Surcharge payment orders

 C) Criminal accusations

 D) Hearing procedures

 E) Implementation of the Act Concerning Elimination and Prevention of Involvement in BidRigging, etc.

 2) Summary of main cases

 3) Litigation

 A) Lawsuits seeking to overturn a JFTC decision

 B) Lawsuits seeking compensation for damages based on Section 25 of the Antimonopoly Act

 C) Lawsuits seeking injunction based on Section 24 of the Antimonopoly Act

 D) Other claims for compensation for damages related to the Antimonopoly Act

2 Mergers and acquisitions

 1) Publication of "Guidelines to Application of the Antimonopoly Act concerning Review of Business Combination"

 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 Administrative coordination

3 Opinions on joint operations of express buses based on the Antimonopoly Act

4 Partial revision of guidelinesforpromotion of competition in the telecommunications business field

5 Partial revision of guidelinesfor proper gas trade

6 Opinions on number portability of cellular phones based on the Antimonopoly Act

7 Guidelines for unfair trade practices associated with relaxation of controls over classification of business categories and expansion of scope of business for financial institutions

IV Japan Fair Trade Commission resources (FY2004)

1 Budget

2 Number of officials

3 Activities of the Competition Policy Research Center

V Main surveys related to competition policy

1 Survey report on trade between retailers and suppliers accompanying implementation of total price indication method, including consumption tax

2 Survey report concerning the actual conditions of competition in broadband services, etc

3 Survey report on conditions surrounding biddings and contracts of local public organizations

4 Survey report on actual conditions of circulation of gas

5 Survey report on actual conditions of circulation of consumer electrical appliances

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