The JFTC has published a compilation of its responses to requests for Antimonopoly Act consultation dating back over six years. On October 1, 2001 the JFTC implemented a system whereby companies could consult the JFTC about whether prospective business activities are likely to violate the Antimonopoly Act. The recently published compilation included consultation documents that the agency believed would serve as a useful reference to companies in avoiding Antimonopoly Act violations.
Under the Prior Consultation System, the JFTC provided a written response within 30 days of receipt of an application for prior consultation, except where the agency required additional information or documentation in order to render its advice. A determination through a prior consultation that a business activity posed no conflicts with the Antimonopoly Act barred the JFTC from later taking legal action against the activity