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Japan’s new competition chief Furuya likely to see eye-to-eye with Prime Minister Suga
18 September 2020 00:00
Two recent developments in Japan are likely to have a significant impact on the country’s regulatory landscape. Firstly, the influential chairman of the Japan Fair Trade Commission, Kazuyuki Sugimoto, stepped down from his role to make way for his successor, Kazuyuki Furuya; secondly, Yoshihide Suga was appointed as Japan’s prime minister, following the abrupt resignation of Shinzo Abe. The two events are unrelated, yet the professional connection between Suga and Furuya suggests the two men are likely to be on the same page regarding key enforcement issues. Meanwhile, the UK is grappling with proposed legislation centering on state aid, which is attracting attention — and criticism — from both sides of the English Channel.
Japan's new antitrust chief vows to chase after platform operators, sees a contributing role in government17 September 2020 09:47 by Toko SekiguchiThe new head of Japan’s antitrust regulator vowed to chase after digital businesses as needed.
16 September 2020 00:34 by Lewis Crofts, Sachiko SakamakiNot 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 advantage09 September 2020 08:09 by Sachiko Sakamaki, Toko SekiguchiThe outgoing head of Japan’s competition authority called on Japanese companies to more assertively use antitrust laws to their advantage.
09 September 2020 14:34 by Simon ZekariaThe UK government's draft laws to change parts of the divorce agreement with the EU would waive its obligations to keep Northern Ireland under EU state aid rules.
James Panichi Senior Editor, Asia Pacific
James, an Australian journalist with over 25 years’ experience in print and electronic media, helps to oversee MLex’s coverage of regulatory risk in Asia, with special attention to Australia and New Zealand. In 2016, James was appointed as MLex’s managing editor for continental Europe, overseeing the Brussels bureau’s coverage of EU regulatory affairs and managing a team of 16 journalists in Brussels and Geneva. Previously James worked for the European Voice newspaper, before joining the... Read more
Toko Sekiguchi Senior Correspondent, Tokyo
Toko is a senior correspondent in Tokyo covering antitrust, anti-bribery & corruption, financial services and regulatory issues in Japan. Before joining MLex, she has worked as a journalist for The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones News, Bloomberg News and Time Magazine.
Simon Zekaria Senior Correspondent
Simon Zekaria is a senior correspondent in London, covering UK regulation. Prior to joining MLex, Simon reported on business news for The Wall Street Journal, including on telecommunications, media, technology and consumer affairs. Simon was also a writer for the WSJ on diverse subjects such as Brexit, UK politics and global sport. Simon was previously a correspondent on competition issues and European politics for Thomson Reuters and Agence France-Presse in Brussels. Simon is a graduate... Read more