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Classes on the Antimonopoly Act for junior-high school students

December 15/2004
Japan Fair Trade Commission

1. The Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), since FY 2002, has been holding classes on the Antimonopoly Act (AMA) for junior-high school students as consumers and future participants in economic activities for the purpose of deepening their understanding of the AMA.

2. In the classes on the AMA for junior-high school students, the staffs of the JFTC visit the school which requested the JFTC to hold a class and give lessons on the structure of market economy, the contents of the AMA and the activities of the JFTC. The staffs of the JFTC offer concise explanations to the students by showing the videos explaining the AMA, and demonstrating on-the-spot inspection or interrogation. After the class, the JFTC received comments from the students such that “I hadn’t known the name of the JFTC, but I found the task of the JFTC very important for us,” and “I already knew the name of the AMA, but I heard the experiences of the staffs of the JFTC and realized the significance of the AMA.”
As of today, the JFTC has been holding the classes at twenty-seven junior-high schools nationwide.

FY 2002 FY 2003 FY 2004
5 schools (13 classes) 13 schools (34 classes) 9 schools (23 classes)

3. In addition, the JFTC prepared a study material with animation and pictures, which explains what monopolization and cartels are. This material is in conformity with the official curriculum guidelines of social studies at junior-high schools and is available at the JFTC website: http://www2.jftc.go.jp/hukukyozai/ALL_Page.htm(Japanese only). The JFTC distributes this material to junior-high schools in major cities nationwide, as well as uses it at the class on the AMA mentioned above.

4. The JFTC will continue to hold the classes in response to the request by junior-high schools.

*Every announcement is tentative translation. Please refer to the original text written in Japanese.

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