7-8 November 2018 Tokyo, Japan

Thanks to the active pariticpation of member agencies and NGAs, 2018 ICN Merger Workshop has concluded.
Presentation slides of the workshop are available at Agenda / Materials.
The archive of live streaming of the workshop is available at the JFTC's official YouTube channel.
Participants can view pictures of the workshop at Photo.


Welcome Message

Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) is pleased to welcome you to the 15th ICN Merger Workshop, which will be held on 7 and 8 November 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

We have set the agenda with full of cutting-edge topics related to merger regulation toward the next decade under the workshop title: “Merger Review in the 2020s: Do Digitalization and Globalization Change the Analysis? ”

Needless to say, response to digitalization and globalization is the key issues for the ICN.

New business models including platform-type business are being launched one after another all over the world associated with the expansion of ICT and digitalization. Also, recent globalization is accelerating the trend of increasing cross-border mergers. It is crucial to secure fair and free competitive environment in this rapidly changing economy that leads to further innovation, consumer benefits and economic growth.

This workshop will be a great opportunity to discuss key questions in merger review reflecting digitalization and globalization such as whether we should take these factors into consideration in the merger analysis or how ICN member jurisdictions effectively cooperate with each other facing international mergers in the next decade.

We are sure that the ICN member agencies as well as Non-Governmental Advisors (NGAs) can share knowledge and experiences with each other and obtain valuable information and useful insights from others through intensive discussion.

In addition, we hope that you can enjoy very colorful scenery of Tokyo in autumn, one of the best seasons in Japan.

We JFTC look forward to seeing you at the workshop in the coming November!


Japan Fair Trade Commission

About ICN


International Competition Network (ICN) is an informal network of competition agencies, enriched by the participation of non-governmental advisors (or NGAs; representatives from academics, and the legal and economic professions), with the common aim of addressing practical competition law enforcement and policy issues. By enhancing convergence and cooperation, ICN promotes sound competition policy and its effective enforcement worldwide for the benefit of consumers and businesses.

ICN was founded in October 2001. The ICN' s membership has grown to 139 competition agencies from 126 jurisdictions. ICN operates by consensus and its work takes place in practical working groups (i.e. Advocacy Working Group, Agency Effectiveness Working Group, Cartel Working Group, Merger Working Group and Unilateral Conduct Working Group) developing materials and conducting discussions typically via teleconference or e-mail. Members and experts get together annually to report working group projects and their implications for enforcement. In addition, ICN working groups organize periodic workshops on specific enforcement and policy topics.

ICN will keep promoting convergence and cooperation through its activities and will welcome any active participation of member agencies and NGAs.

For further information, please visit ICN' s website at : http://www.internationalcompetitionnetwork.org/.

About JFTC


Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) was established in 1947 and has been acting as a competition authority in Japan.

JFTC is an independent administrative commission consisting of the Chairman and 4 commissioners. These members are appointed from among experts in law or economics by the prime minister with the consent of the Parliament. JFTC is unique in that it performs its duties as independent administrative commission without being directed or supervised by other organs.

The mission of JFTC is to: (i) maintain a competitive environment to ensure appropriate functioning of market mechanisms, and (ii) contribute to the realization of optimal allocation of resources through invigorating the market economy and enriching consumer interests and overall society.

For the mission above, JFTC vigorously enforces the Antimonopoly Act (competition law) , and positively implements competition policy. Furthermore, JFTC has actively contributed to various international activities such as ICN (International Competition Network) and OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development).

Actually JFTC is one of the founding members of the ICN and has been a member of the Steering Group from the beginning. Then JFTC hosted the Annual Conference in 2008 and the Cartel Workshop in 2010. Now JFTC is hosting Merger workshop here in Tokyo, 2018.

For further information, please visit JFTC' s website at : https://www.jftc.go.jp/en/index.html.