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The Role of Competition Policy in Promoting Entry and Industry Dynamics

International Symposium

December 1, 2008
Competition Policy Research Center

 The Competition Policy Research Center of Japan Fair Trade Commission (CPRC/JFTC) will hold the international symposium in close collaboration with the Center for Economic Institutions of Hitotsubashi University, NIKKI Inc. and Fair Trade Institute on January 23.
 Importance of the role entry plays for market competition has been recognized increasingly. In reality, however, entry barriers are substantial in many industries, weakening the competition-promoting effects of entry. Also, entrants often face formidable post-entry technological, marketing, financial, and other obstacles that endanger their survival. In this situation, it has to be the responsibility of competition policy to eliminate unreasonable entry barriers and unfair exclusionary behavior of existing firms. However, by no means is it easy to clarify what entry barriers do exist and other questions. Theoretical and empirical evidences are hardly sufficient, and scholars and policymakers are often divided.
 It is to promote more understanding of this important issue that JFTC/CPRC holds an international symposium on "The Role of Competition Policy in Promoting Entry and Industry Dynamics", inviting as keynote speakers three internationally renowned specialists on entry barriers and on entrants' behavior and performance, and holding a panel discussion inviting two more people.

○ Registration

 Please send the registration form or FAX form below to the Secretariat of CPRC/JFTC no later than January 9,2009

 Since the symposium has been registered to capacity, the registration is closed.

1 Date and Vennue

Date 13:30 - 17:50, 23 January 2009
(1-5-6 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan)
Language English - Japanese (with simultaneous translation)
Admission Free
Organizers CPRC/JFTC, CEI/Hitotsubashi University, NIKKEI and Fair Trade Institute

2 Agenda

Opening Session

13:30-13:40 Commissioner Akira Goto (Japna Fair Trade Commission)

Session 1: Invited Speeches

13:40-14:20 Theme: “Competition Policy: Beware of Using it to Harm Competition”
Speaker: Professor Dennis W. Carlton (Graduate School of Business,University of Chicago)
14:20-15:00 Theme: “Entry, Industry Dynamics and Competition Policy”
Speaker: Professor Jose Mata (Faculty of Economics, New University of Lisbon)
15:00-15:40 Theme: “Competition Policy from the Viewpoints of Small and Medium Enterprises, and New Entrants-Japanese Case-”
Speaker: Professor Takehiko Yasuda (Faculty of Economics, Toyo University)

Break 15:40‐16:00

Session 2: Panel Discussion

Professor Hiroyuki Odagiri (Director, CPRC/JFTC; Department of Economics, Hitotsubashi University)

16:00-17:15 Panelists:
Professor Dennis W. Carlton
Professor Jose Mata
Professor Takehiko Yasuda
Mr. Kazuhiko Toyama (Representative Director and CEO, Industrial Growth Platform, Inc.)
Ms. Sawako Nohara (President, IPSe Marketing, Inc.)
17:15-17:45 Open Floor Discussion

Closing Session

17:45-17:50 Professor Hiroyuki Odagiri

Contact Details: Secretariat of CPRC/JFTC

(Tel: +81-3-3581-1848 or 5480, Fax: +81-3-3581-1945, E-mail:cprcsec_atmark_jftc.go.jp
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