Tokyo, 20th September 2019: The 1st EU-Japan Competition Week took place in Tokyo on 19th and 20th September 2019. The initiative is a first in a series of annual dialogues providing a platform for cooperation and frank exchanges between the European Commission Directorate-General for Competition (DG Competition), the EU Member States National Competition Authorities and the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC).
The Competition Week opened with a public conference on competition law enforcement in the digital economy. The conference attracted a large audience of representatives from academia, private sector and government from both Japan and the EU to follow the panel discussions on the competition challenges posed by the digitalisation of the economy and the approaches taken by competition authorities. Experts and officials further explored how to ensure that the digital economy benefits consumers and the broader economy.
The conference was followed by closed-door sessions between the JFTC, DG Competition and the Austrian Federal Competition Authority, encouraging officials to frankly exchange their views and experiences on a range of technical topics, including mergers in innovation markets, investigative procedures and engagement with parties during antitrust proceedings. This allowed both sides to address the priorities and challenges in their competition policy and enforcement and to engage in constructive technical and practical exchanges.
EU-Japan Competition Weeks will take place annually, allowing officials from DG Competition and the JFTC to engage in a dialogue to enhance cooperation and transparency in the field of competition.
The EU-Japan Competition Week is part of the Competition Cooperation project, a 5-year EU-funded programme aimed at fostering convergence of competition policies to create a more level playing field in world trade. The Competition Cooperation project covers 14 countries: China, India, Japan, South Korea and the ASEAN Member States: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.
Other activities scheduled under the Competition Cooperation project are the Competition Summer School, taking place at an academic institution in Europe, and the EU Visitors Programme at the European Commission Directorate-General for Competition or one of the EU National Competition Authorities.
More information about the project is available at www.competitioncooperation.eu.