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Japan's Covid antitrust response suppressed price gouging, senior regulator says

By Toko Sekiguchi and Sachiko Sakamaki
  • 17 Dec 2021 00:30
  • 17 Dec 2021 00:30
Maintaining a sharp eye on price gouging for essential supplies during the Covid-19 pandemic helped to keep a fair and open market in Japan, a senior competition regulator told MLex, highlighting the sometimes low-key but essential role the regulator plays as a competition watchdog. 

“We blocked price gouging and face-mask tie-ins with other

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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.

Sachiko Sakamaki

Senior Correspondent, Tokyo


Sachiko covers antitrust, mergers and acquisitions, privacy and data security, as well as patent disputes related to connected cars. 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.

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