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Hearing procedures initiated on bid-rigging for survey and planning works by Mie Prefecture

February 24/2003
Japan Fair Trade Commission

The JFTC adjudicated on the case of a survey and planning contract placed by Mie-prefecture to proceed with investigatory hearings.

 The JFTC decided to institute hearing proceedings against K.K. Wakasuzu and two other corporations (Wakasuzu and others) on 20 February 2003, as prescribed in Section 49-2 of the Antimonopoly Act.

 A claim by Wakasuzu and others was filed with FTC that further proceedings should be brought on the penal surcharge that FTC levied on 26 bidders on 6 December 2002.

 Outline of violation relating to surcharge payment

 K.K. Wakasuzu and 32 other firms were charged with collusive tendering by predetermining an expected bid winner. Some corrporations headquartered in Mie Prefecture conspired to enter into contracts for measuring/construction consultation/indemnity services through the private competitive tendering process.[in violation of Section 3 of the Antimonopoly Act,]

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