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International Conference co-hosted by the JFTC and DG Competition (September 19, 2019)

August 27, 2019
The Japan Fair Trade Commission

The Japan Fair Trade Commission and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition will hold an international conference titled "Competition Law Enforcement in the Digital Economy" on Thursday, 19th September, 2019 as follows:
 
It takes place as competition authorities and governments consider the issues and challenges in assessing competition in the digital economy and what is required from the competition framework to promote innovation and consumer benefits.
 
Speakers from academia, the business sector and both the JFTC and DG Competition will discuss how the benefits of digitalisation can be realised for consumers and the broader economy. They will explore the range of challenges for competition authorities stemming from digitalisation and how authorities are tailoring some aspects of their approach to these markets. The speakers will also consider whether existing policy frameworks need to be adapted in response to digitalisation.

1. General Information

Title

Competition Law Enforcement in the Digital Economy

Date

Thursday, September 19, 2019
13:00 – 17:45

Venue

the Delegation of the European Union to Japan
(Europa House, 4-6-28 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku 106-0047, Tokyo)

Language

Japanese/English (simultaneous interpretation provided)

Fee

Free
(pre-registration required via the registration form.
The deadline for registration is Monday 16 September 2019.
https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/EUJapanCompetitionWeek2019)

Host

The Japan Fair Trade Commission,the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition


2. Program

12:30-13:00 Registration

13:00-13:30 Welcome Address

Welcome Address

Ms. Marjut HANNONEN, Minister Counsellor / Head of Trade Section, Delegation of the European Union to Japan

Opening Remarks

- Mr. Akinori YAMADA, Secretary General, Japan Fair Trade Commission
- Mr. Torben TOFT, Senior Expert, Directorate-General for Competition, European Commission, Brussels


13:30 - 14:30 Session I: Overview of competition law challenges in the digital economy

Summary

This panel will explore the key features of the digital economy, which has created opportunities, but also challenges for policy makers and competition agencies. It will discuss the upcoming digital challenges, including market power, the competitive impact of Big Data, and mergers in digital markets, and their implications for competition policy.

Moderator

Mr. Torben TOFT, Senior Expert, Directorate-General for Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Panelists

- Mr. Kiyoaki Shirakawa, Executive Officer General Manager, Corporate Management Division, Kakaku.com Inc
- Dr. Hiroyuki ODAGIRI, Professor Emeritus at Hitotsubashi University, Japan
- Dr. Philip MARSDEN, Professor of Law and Economics, College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium

 

14:30 – 15:30 Session II: Competition law enforcement in digital markets

Summary

This panel will examine the respective approaches of the EU and Japan’s competition law enforcement in digital markets. The panellists will discuss recent cases, the sectors and issues that have raised concerns and enforcement policy responses.

Moderator

Mr. Masaya SAKUMA, Director, International Affairs Division, Japan Fair Trade Commission

Panelists

- Mr. Brice ALLIBERT, Deputy Head of Unit, Antitrust: IT, Internet and Consumer Electronics, Directorate-General for Competition, European Commission, Brussels
-Mr. Yasuhiro YOSHIKAWA, Senior Investigator, Investigation Bureau, Japan Fair Trade Commission


15:30 - 16:00 Coffee/ Tea Break
 
16:00– 17:30 Session III: Policy responses to address competition concerns in high-technology markets

Summary

This panel will discuss the role of competition enforcement to keep digital markets competitive for the benefit of consumers and market players. It will consider how to adapt competition policy for the digital era, and whether a new regulatory model is necessary. The panel will also explore how competition authorities and regulators can keep pace with developments and the impact of new digital business models on competition.

Moderator

Ms. Hilary JENNINGS, Senior Competition Expert, EU-Asia Competition Cooperation Project

Panelists

- Mr. Brice ALLIBERT, Deputy Head of Unit, Antitrust: IT, Internet and Consumer Electronics, Directorate-General for Competition, European Commission, Brussels
- Mr. Nobuaki FUJII, Director, General Affairs Division, Economic Affairs Bureau, Japan Fair Trade Commission
- Dr. Hiroyuki ODAGIRI, Professor Emeritus at Hitotsubashi University, Japan
- Dr. Philip MARSDEN, Professor of Law and Economics, College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium
- Mr. Kiyoaki Shirakawa, Executive Officer General Manager, Corporate Management


17:30-17:45 Closing

Crosing Remarks

- Mr. Masaya SAKUMA, Director, International Affairs Division, Japan Fair Trade Commission
- Mr. Torben TOFT, Senior Expert, Directorate-General for Competition, European Commission, Brussels


18:00-19:30 Networking reception for participants

*The sequence of the presentation might vary



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