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International Competition Network (ICN)

About the ICN

ICN is a network consisting of national and multinational competition agencies. It was established in October 2001, with the aim of facilitating procedural and substantive convergence. As of the end of January 2019, 139 competition agencies from 126 jurisdictions (ICN member organizations) participate ICN. In addition to competition agencies, it includes international organizations, academics and lawyers as NGA (Non-Governmental Advisors).

Please refer to the ICN website for the details about ICN activities.

JFTC's involvement

JFTC has been involved in various activities of ICN, such as creating Recommended Practices and Reports. Moreover, JFTC's staff attend the Annual Conferences and Workshops organized by each Working Group and contribute to the meetings as speakers and moderators.

In particular, JFTC has been actively contributing to the ICN work as follows.

(1) ICN Framework for the Promotion of the Sharing of Non-confidential informations("Framework")

Based on JFTC's proposal, ICN established the Framework in 2016 for improving internatinal enforcement cooperation and contribution to foster "pick up the phone relationship". Since then, JFTC has contributed to maintain the Framework.

As of January 2019, 35 competition agencies have been registered with the Framework. By joining the Framework, competition agencies are more easily able to gather information related to their cartel investigations, etc. from other member agencies, as long as their confidentiality obligation permits.

We welcome any inquiries from competition agencies about the Framework(e-mail to:icn-list-maintenance_atmark_jftc.go.jp(please replace “_atmark_” into “@” , when you send emails to the address.)).

For Reference:

(2) 2018 Merger Workshop, November 7th and 8th, 2018 (Tokyo, Japan)

JFTC hosted the 2018 ICN Merger Workshop on November 7 and 8, 2018 in Tokyo. Over 200 participants from about 40 jurisdictions got together, and discussed the role of merger review in the digital economy and the challenges of globalization under the theme “Merger Review in the 2020s: Do Digitalization and Globalization Change the Analysis?” Please refer to the Agenda / Conference Materials page for more details.

(3) Related Materials

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100-8987 1-1-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo,Japan
Tel: +81-3-3581-1998
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