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The Role of Competition Policy in the Development of East Asian Countries

International Symposium

January 13, 2010
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 Hitotsubashi University Global COE Hi-Stat, NIKKEI Inc. and Fair Trade Institute on February 19.
 Compared to USA, several European countries, and Japan that started competition laws (anti-monopoly law) more than a half century ago,other East Asian countries started such laws more recently and are still working hard to accumulate sufficient experience to operate an effective and efficient competition policy.
 In these and other developing economies, there are a number of issues that differ significantly from those in early developing economies. There are also a number of issues that are prominent in developing countries besides the fact that these developing countries started development efforts more recently and under different circumstances. With this difference in mind, this Symposium aims to discuss competition policies in East Asian countries today.
 For this purpose, we will invite researchers with knowledge on competition policy from four East Asian countries. In Part 1, we will ask each participant to speak about the present situation and problems on the country's competition policy. In part 2, using the panel discussion format, we will discuss common issues in developing countries among panelists and Japanese commentator.

1 Registration

 Please send the registration form below to the Secretariat of CPRC/JFTC no later than February 12, 2010.

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

2 Date and Vennue

Title Competition Law and Merger Regulation
Date 13:30 - 17:10, March 4, 2011
(1-4-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan)
Language English - Japanese (with simultaneous translation)
Admission Charge Free of Charge
Organizers CPRC/JFTC, Graduate School of Law at Kyoto University (Gakujyutsu Sousei, Kakenhi 19GS0103) and Nihon Keizai Shimbun

3 Agenda

Opening Session

13:30-13:40 Chairman Kazuhiko Takeshima (Japan Fair Trade Commission)

Session 1: Invited Speeches

13:40-14:05 Theme: "Korean Competition Policy:Accomplishments and Challenges Ahead"
Speaker: Professor Sang-Seung Yi (Department of Economics, Seoul National University)
14:05-14:30 Theme: "The Thai Competition Regime: An Uphill Battle"
Speaker: Research Director Deunden Nikomborirak (Sectoral Economics Program, Thailand Development Research Institute)
14:30-14:55 Theme: "5 Years of Competition Policy in Singapore: A Progress Report"
Speaker: Associate Professor Burton Ong (Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore)
14:55-15:20 Theme: "China' s Merger Control Policy: An Initial Review of Patterns and Implications"
Speaker: Professor Xinzhu Zhang (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)

Break 15:20‐15:40

Session 2: Panel Discussion

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

15:40-17:00 Panelists:
 Professor Sang-Seung Yi
 Research Director Deunden Nikomborirak
 Associate Professor Burton Ong
 Professor Xinzhu Zhang
 Professor Shujiro Urata (Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies,Waseda University)
17:00-17:25 Open Floor Discussion

Closing Session

17:25-17:30 Professor Hiroyuki Odagiri

Contact Details: Secretariat of CPRC/JFTC

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