Competition/Consumer Protection Compliance

Changes occur rapidly in the area of competition and consumer protection laws. Sometimes compliance manuals that were written ten years ago are no longer applicable to current situations. It is therefore imperative that compliance programs be constantly updated to appropriately reflect changes in competition and consumer protection laws, their interpretation and/or practices.

Additionally, the appropriate and effective implementation of measures to prevent any misconduct is necessary not only to comply with the Act against Unjustifiable Premiums and Misleading Representations, which obligates enterprises to develop such measures, but also to comply with competition law and the Subcontract Act. It is highly recommended that a management system be built and maintained, which would enable the early discovery of potentially illegal conduct at the very moment they take place.

Our law firm provides legal advice and services on building/modifying internal management systems and compliance policies/manuals, providing in-house legal training, and conducting internal investigations (internal audits), by carefully considering the implementation of such measures in light of the relevant enterprise's size, industry, characteristics of the products/services provided and so forth. Such legal advice and services are based on our deep understanding of why and how illegal conduct takes place, which we have developed through our extensive experience of handling similar cases.

Ms. Keiko Unotoro has joined us as an advisor. She had worked for the Japan Fair Trade Commission and been long involved in various investigations and hearings of cases of violations of the Antimonopoly Act, merger control, and enforcement of the Subcontract Act and the Act against Unjustifiable Premiums and Misleading Representations.

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