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Guidelines for Proper Gas Power Trade Revised

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby announces that METI and the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) have jointly revised the Guidelines for Proper Gas Power Trade in line with the partial enforcement of the Act for Partial Revision of the Electricity Business Act and Other Related Acts in April 2017.

In March 2000, METI and the JFTC jointly formulated and published the Guidelines for Proper Gas Power Trade, which clarified improper action and trade practices by businesses and other entities under the Antimonopoly Act or the Gas Business Act from the perspective of fair and effective competition in the gas market. Since then, METI and the JFTC have been revising the guidelines in line with revisions to related systems and in response to other related changes.

In April 2017, a part of the Act for Partial Revision of the Electricity Business Act and Other Related Acts will come into force and the full liberalization of new entry into the gas retail market will start. In line with the enforcement and the full liberalization, METI and the JFTC have revised the guidelines.

In the process of revising the guidelines, METI and the JFTC released a draft of the revision on December 5, 2016, and called for public opinions from stakeholders in a broad range of fields, setting a closing day of January 10, 2017. Four opinion submissions were received, including submissions with multiple opinions. METI and the JFTC carefully discussed the submissions and consequently decided to partially amend the draft.

To ensure fair and effective competition in the gas market, METI and the JFTC will endeavor to raise public awareness of the guidelines in order to contribute to preventing improper action or trade practices by businesses and other entities under the Antimonopoly Act or the Gas Business Act and will continue the appropriate administration of the Antimonopoly Act and the Gas Business Act.

Appendices

Release date

February 6, 2017

Division in Charge

  • Gas Market Office, Electricity and Gas Industry Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
  • Market Surveillance Division & Network Surveillance Division, Executive Bureau, Electricity and Gas Market Surveillance Commission
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