Amazon's Japan unit submits set of reforms to antitrust watchdog
Japan Times -- Sep 05
Amazon.com Inc.’s Japan unit has submitted to the country’s antitrust watchdog a set of proposed reforms including returning money to its suppliers after having them shoulder part of the costs to cover discounts the online retailer applied on goods, sources close to the matter said Thursday.

Should the Japan Fair Trade Commission accept the reforms, Amazon Japan K.K. will be exempted from administrative penalties after it was investigated in 2018 for allegedly violating the antitrust law.

The law prohibits companies from abusing their superior positions to illicitly earn profits from other parties by making demands, including for money.

The suppliers are thought to have complied with Amazon’s demand to continue selling their products through its wide sales network. The sources said the Japan unit started asking them to shoulder part of the costs around 2017.

Amazon Japan was notified in July that it can give the commission proposals, including measures to prevent a similar reoccurrence of business misconduct.

ネット通販での値引き分の一部を納入業者に補填させたことについて、アマゾンジャパンが返金を含めた改善計画を公正取引委員会に提出したことが分かりました。  アマゾンはおととし3月、商品を値引きして販売した際に「協力金」などの名目で納入業者に一部を補填させたことが独占禁止法違反の疑いがあるとして、公正取引委員会の立ち入り検査を受けました。関係者によりますと、アマゾンは今後、こうした行為を行わないことや協力金を返金することなどを含む改善計画を提出したということです。これは「確約手続き」に基づいたもので、実効性が認められれば行政処分が見送られることになります。
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