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Westlaw Japan K.K. Hosts a Premium Online Seminar
Cosponsored by Kitahama Partners and Westlaw Japan K.K.

The Enactment of the Amended Antimonopoly Act —Updates in the leniency program and Japan’s first confidentiality protection for attorney-client communications

Lecturer: Shunsuke Yabuuchi, Attorney at Law, Kitahama Partners

Westlaw Japan K.K. (Minato Ward, Tokyo, Representative Director: Young Sun Bang) will cosponsor a premium online seminar titled “The Enactment of the Amended Antimonopoly Act —Updates in the leniency program and Japan’s first confidentiality protection for attorney-client communications” with Kitahama Partners on Tuesday, September 29.

The enactment of the Amended Antimonopoly Act in June 2019 has brought about several changes to the system. Penalties (surcharges) against cartels, which are prohibited by the Antimonopoly Act, have been enhanced. The leniency program has been revised so that companies who cooperate with antitrust investigations may receive reductions in surcharges. The amendment also includes the introduction of a system to allow rejection of submitting certain attorney-client communications to the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), with the aim of streamlining operations of the leniency program.
The Amended Antimonopoly Act is planned to be enforced by the end of December 2020. For incidents whose investigations start after the enforcement, conformity with the amended act will be required. Penalties (surcharges) against cartels can go up to as high as several billions of yens, as seen in past cases. Therefore, when your own enterprise is involved in violations of the act, it is important to cooperate with the investigations accordingly and to receive reductions in surcharges.
In this seminar, Mr. Shunsuke Yabuuchi from Kitahama Partners will explain the main points of the amendment, by comparing the previous and amended acts. He will also give us a detailed insight into how our work may be affected by the amendment. Based on the JFTA regulations and guidelines on the new system, Mr. Yabuuchi will use hypothetical cases to explain in detail about the changes under the new system and what actions enterprises must take. We hope this seminar will serve as the first step for you to take action in response to the amended act.
We are confident that this seminar will be a great opportunity for you to organize the key points on the Amended Antimonopoly Act. We are looking forward to your participation.

Overview
Date and Time Tuesday, September 29, 2020 from 2 pm to 5 pm
How to join The seminar will be a LiVECAST webinar. You will be able to access from your office or from your home, anywhere as long as you have internet access. After we receive your application, we will send you the access link together with details on how to access the seminar.
How to Apply Please fill in and submit the registration form on the seminar’s webpage.
 https://coubic.com/seminar-westlawjapan/593018/
Program
2 pm to 5 pm (10 min. break in between) • An overview of the restrictions on cartels under the Antimonopoly Act
• The key points on the 2019 Amended Antimonopoly Act.
• The items that enterprises must consider in order to respond to the amended act. (Hypothetical case examples will be introduced.)
• Ensuring compliance during ordinary times in order to prevent cartels.
Fees 10,000 (incl. tax) if you have applied on or before Friday, September 18, 2020
20,000 (incl. tax) if you have applied on or after Friday, September 19, 2020

For details, please check the link below.https://www.westlawjapan.com/event/premium/200929.html

Introduction of Lecturer
Kitahama Partners
Shunsuke Yabuuchi, Attorney at Law

Mr. Yabuuchi graduated from the Kobe University Faculty of Law in 2001 and from the Kobe University Graduate School of Law in 2002. In 2003, he was admitted to practice law in Japan. From 2006 to 2009, he worked for the Japan Fair Trade Commission in the Investigation Bureau of the General Secretariat. Making use of this experience, Mr. Yabuuchi specializes on the Antimonopoly Act, the Act against Unjustifiable Premiums and Misleading Presentations, and the Subcontract Act, and gives technical advice to enterprises. He was also a professor at the Kobe University Graduate School of Law from 2016 to 2020.

About Westlaw Japan K.K.
Westlaw Japan K.K. is a joint venture equally owned by Thomson Reuters (head office in New York) and Shinnippon-Hoki Publishing Co, Ltd. (head office in Nagoya) and established in March 31, 2006 in order to provide comprehensive online legal information services in Japan in response to growing needs of the time.

About Thomson Reuters
Thomson Reuters is a corporate group that provides news and information for businesses and professionals. Thomson Reuters provides industry expertise, technology and information necessary for their customers to come up with reliable solutions. Thomson Reuters has more than 100 years history and is operating businesses in more than 100 countries around the world. Thomson Reuters’s shares are listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges. For more information, go to
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About Shinnippon-Hoki Publishing Co., Ltd.
Shinnippon-Hoki Publishing Co, Ltd. has more than 70 years history and is one of leading publishers in legal, tax and accounting fields in Japan. Shinnippon-Hoki Publishing Co, Ltd. provides publications, most famously more than 600 titles of loose-leaf books, CD-ROMs and online services to professionals (such as lawyers, judicial scriveners, public accountants, tax accountants, architects, social insurance consultants and administrative scriveners), central and local governments and practitioners at corporations.

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