Eleven companies, including NTT West, have decided to order measures to eliminate violations and payment of surcharges, saying that the Fair Trade Commission has held bids for computers used in schools in Hiroshima Prefecture. I found out by interviewing the people concerned.

According to the people concerned, 11 companies including "NTT West Japan" headquartered in Osaka City, "Otsuka Shokai" headquartered in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, and "Sorukomu", a telecommunications company headquartered in Hiroshima City, are Hiroshima Prefecture and Hiroshima City. There is a suspicion that the company and the price of the winning company were discussed and decided in the bid for the school computer or tablet terminal ordered by.

In October, the Japan Fair Trade Commission conducted an on-site inspection of each company's branches in Hiroshima Prefecture on suspicion of violating the Antimonopoly Act, and investigated the detailed situation.

The company has decided to issue a cease and desist order to 11 companies to take necessary measures to eliminate violations and prevent recurrence, and to issue a surcharge payment order of about 50 million yen to most of them. about it.

The Fair Trade Commission will notify each company of this matter last month and will listen to their opinions before deciding on the final disposition.

"It is true that we received a proposal for disposal from the Fair Trade Commission," Solcom commented.

NTT West and Otsuka Shokai have stated that they will refrain from answering.