Senior Correspondent, Tokyo
Sachiko covers antitrust, anti-bribery & corruption, and privacy & cyber security. She has an undergraduate degree from Waseda University in Tokyo and a master's degree in communications from United States International (now Alliant International) University in California. She previously worked as a journalist for Time magazine, the Far Eastern Economic Review, Bloomberg News, and the Washington Post in Japan.
Selected Insights by Sachiko
Not many bosses of government agencies find the time to write a book while doing their day job.
With just days to serve, JFTC chief urges Japanese companies to use antitrust law to their advantageThe outgoing head of Japan’s competition authority called on Japanese companies to more assertively use antitrust laws to their advantage.
The Z Holdings and LINE merger was conditionally approved in a move that demonstrated the Japanese regulator's willingness to take a new approach.
Japanese vendors at the nation’s largest online mall Rakuten have formed a union in an attempt to gain better negotiating power, breaking the tradition in Japan of docile business partners of large companies, as the competition regulator tightens scrutiny over abusive dealings by big digital platforms with smaller business partners.
The way digital platforms handle consumer data will be scrutinized in the future under the Japanese antitrust law, the competition regulator said today in a draft proposal. By expanding the reach of the antitrust law’s provisions on the abuse of superior bargaining position to business-to-consumer transactions for the first time, the Japan Fair Trade Commission is preparing to enter new territory where competition and data-protection issues merge.