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Bilateral relations > Japan

Cooperation with the Japan Fair Trade Commission is based on the Cooperation Agreement signed in July 2003.

The Agreement provides for:

  • the reciprocal notification of cases under investigation by either authority, where they may affect the important interests of the other party;
  • the possibility of coordination by the two authorities of their enforcement activities, as well as of rendering assistance to each other;
  • the possibility for one party to request the other to take enforcement action, and for one party to take into account the important interests of the other party in the course of its enforcement activities; and
  • the exchange of information between the parties, while not affecting either party's confidentiality obligations with respect to such information.
  • regular bilateral meetings to exchange information on current enforcement activities and priorities, on economic sectors of common interest, to discuss policy changes which either party is considering, and to discuss other matters of mutual interest relating to the application of competition laws.

Article 36 also refers to the subsequent adoption of implementing provisions on competition, but no such provisions are currently in force.

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European Commission - Trade - Japan
European External Action Service – Japan