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The JFTC’s independence is unusual within Japan’s political tradition. As demonstrated in the 1977 Anti-monopoly Act (AMA) amendment, the commission’s independence emerged as a notable element characterising policy-making in anti-monopoly regulation. The prioritisation of the sector after the 1990s gradually changed the conditions surrounding and shaping anti-monopoly regulation. This change had the potential to reframe the JFTC and the sector including the commission’s independence and state capacity within the sector. Prompted by the above observations, this chapter examines the JFTC’s independence and state capacity within the sector. It first pinpoints the independent characteristics of the JFTC. What follows is an assessment of the impact of transformation through an analysis of the capacity of the state in anti-monopoly regulation. The third section pulls together the points raised in both the previous chapter and this chapter and considers the nature of state transformation in anti-monopoly regulation after the 1980s.

Understanding governance in contemporary Japan

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