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Japan FTC closing investigation on suspected Osaka Gas' violation of antimonopoly

Christian Fernsby |
The Japan Fair Trade Commission has investigated Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. in accordance with the provisions of the Antimonopoly Act.

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Topics: JAPAN    FTC    OSAKA GAS   

Osaka Gas has been suspected of unjustly excluding competitors in the relevant market, where gas retailors supply gas to LCPs (meaning largeconsumption points subject to an annual gas contract of not less than a hundred thousand cubic meters, the same applies hereinafter) in the area of distribution network of Osaka gas, by the followings:

- unjustly supplying gas for a low price, or supplying gas for a lower price only after Osaka Gas encounters a competition,

- concluding a contract to discount gas prices under the condition of supplying gas to two or more LCPs (hereinafter “multipoint contract”) with the stipulation that the total amount of the discounts should be reimbursed to Osaka Gas if any of the individual gas contracts on the LCPs subject to the multipoint contract would be cancelled during the contracted period, and

- concluding a gas supply contract with the stipulation that the customer should pay a cancellation charge to Osaka Gas if the customer would cancel the contract during the contracted period.

  The JFTC has decided to close the investigation in light of the facts including:

- it has not found a violation against the Antimonopoly Act on (i) above, and

- Osaka Gas voluntarily offered the JFTC revision of the stipulations of the multipoint contract and gas supply contract mentioned in and above to reduce customers' payment accompanying a change of a gas supplier from Osaka Gas to a competitor.


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