Research Handbook on Asian Competition Law
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Research Handbook on Asian Competition Law

Edited by Steven Van Uytsel, Shuya Hayashi and John O. Haley

This timely Research Handbook provides a comprehensive overview and discussion of the substantive competition law provisions of the ASEAN Plus Three region, including Hong Kong and Taiwan. Taking a unique comparative perspective, chapters examine Asian competition laws in relation to the existing laws that served as models for them, analysing how and why they deviate.
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Chapter 3: The Japanese competition law in its own way: a historical review of the AMA and its characteristics

Shuya Hayashi, Kunlin Wu and Xiaoyu Ma


The Japanese competition law (AMA) has been developed and has changed under varying political and economic circumstances across time. Although the AMA was enacted and amended under the influence of US and EU competition laws, Japanese-style characteristics distinguish the AMA vividly from other competition laws. In order to better understand how Japan shaped its own view on the AMA, this chapter provides an overview of the history of the AMA enforcement, and points out major differences in the AMA when compared to the US or EU competition laws. It subsequently summarizes factors that triggered or influenced the recent AMA amendments, aiming to depict the uniqueness of the AMA in Asian competition laws.

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