2013年5月29日水曜日

DENSO NA Guilty2

DENSO North America幹部がの罪を認めた。
 自動車部品をめぐる国際価格カルテルで、米司法省は、デンソー幹部
2人が罪を認めたと発表した。

米司法省
・幹部2人は価格操作などへの関与を認め、禁固刑と罰金を支払うことに
 同意。
 暗号名や隠蔽工作のための秘密会議を主催し、カルテルを行った。
 Yuji Suzuki senior manager Toyota Sales Division
  禁固16カ月 罰金2万ドル
  2005年8月~2008年12月まで、電子制御装置の談合に参加し、温度調整
  装置の価格を操作した。
 Hiroshi Watanabe  group leader Toyota Sales Division
  禁固15カ月 罰金2万ドル
  2008年6月~2010年2月まで米国トヨタに操作された価格で温度調整
  装置を販売。

現在まで、9社と14人が有罪を認め、調査協力をしているようだ。
12人は禁固刑とのこと。

新たに二名が有罪。
カルテル調査は継続しているとのことだから、有罪となる人は増加か。
DENSO NA幹部に有罪が多いが、持ちかけたのはDENSO NAか。
業界の主団体から要請されれば、法律の裏づけがあっても、今後のことを
考慮して、拒否できたのだろうか。

DENSO North America Guilty
東海理化 罰金1770万ドル


---デンソー幹部2人が価格操作で有罪、1年超の禁固刑-米司法省---
更新日時: 2013/05/22 11:10 JST
http://www.bloomberg.co.jp/news/123-MN6EXR6TTDTO01.html

 5月22日(ブルームバーグ):自動車部品をめぐる国際価格カルテルで、米司法省は現地時間21日、デンソー 幹部2人が罪を認めたと発表した。
 発表資料によると、幹部2人は価格操作などへの関与を認め、それぞれ1年4月と1年3月の禁固刑と、いずれも2万ドル(約205万円)の罰金を支払うことに同意した。
 デンソー広報担当の兼益五郎氏は、電話取材に「会社としては厳粛に受け止めている。これまでも徹底してきた独禁法順守をあらためて全社員に周知徹底している」と話した。幹部らの詳細については個人情報にあたるとしてコメントを控えた。
 自動車部品をめぐる国際価格カルテルでは、米司法省や日本の公正取引委員会、欧州連合(EU)などが2010年から調査を進めてきた。デンソーは12年1月、反トラスト法違反で米司法省と7800万ドルの支払いに同意していた。公取委からは12年11月に日本の自動車部品メーカー6社とともに排除措置命令を受けていたが、課徴金は免れていた。


---Two Denso Corporation Executives Agree to Plead Guilty for Price Fixing and Bid Rigging on Auto Parts Installed in U.S. Cars---
Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/May/13-at-587.html

Two DENSO Corp. executives - Yuji Suzuki and Hiroshi Watanabe - have agreed to plead guilty for their roles in international conspiracies to fix prices and rig bids of certain automotive components installed in U.S. cars, the Department of Justice announced today.  The executives, both Japanese nationals, have also agreed to serve time in a U.S. prison.

Yuji Suzuki, a senior manager in DENSO’s Toyota Sales Division, has agreed to serve 16 months in a U.S. prison, to pay a $20,000 criminal fine and to cooperate with the department’s ongoing investigation. Hiroshi Watanabe, a group leader in DENSO’s Toyota Sales Division at the time of the offense, has agreed to serve 15 months in a U.S. prison, to pay a $20,000 criminal fine and to cooperate with the department’s ongoing investigation.

“The conspirators reached agreements to fix prices and allocate bids, and took measures such as using code names and meeting in secret to cover their tracks,” said Scott D. Hammond, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division’s criminal enforcement program.  “Cracking down on international price-fixing cartels that target U.S. businesses and consumers has been, and will continue to be, among the top priorities for the Antitrust Division.”

According to the two-count felony charge filed today in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit, Suzuki, along with co-conspirators, engaged in a conspiracy to rig bids for, and to fix, stabilize and maintain the prices of, electronic control units and heater control panels sold to Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America Inc. in the United States and elsewhere.  According to the charges, Suzuki participated in the electronic control units conspiracy from at least as early as August 2005 until at least December 2008 and participated in the heater control panels conspiracy from at least as early as July 2005 until at least December 2008.

According to a one-count felony charge filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit, Watanabe participated in a conspiracy to rig bids for, and to fix, stabilize and maintain the prices of, heater control panels sold to Toyota from at least as early as June 2008 and continuing until at least February 2010 in the United States and elsewhere.

In March 2012, DENSO  pleaded guilty and was sentenced to pay a $78 million criminal fine for its role in the conspiracies related to electronic control units and heater control panels.

Electronic control units are electrical components, similar to tiny computers, which are embedded throughout cars and control various electrical systems or subsystems in an automobile.  For example, a body electronic control unit controls the power windows, power locks and other electronic components on the door.  Heater control panels are located in the center console of a car and control the temperature inside the car.

“Those individuals who engage in price fixing and bid rigging negatively impact the automotive industry by causing vehicle buyers and makers to pay higher prices.  The FBI is committed to pursuing and prosecuting these criminals,” said Robert D. Foley III, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Detroit Division.

According to the charges against Suzuki and Watanabe, they carried out the conspiracies by participating, or directing the participation of subordinate employees, in meetings and conversations to coordinate and fix prices of automotive parts installed in U.S. cars and elsewhere.

To date, nine companies and 14 executives have pleaded guilty or agreed to plead guilty in the department’s ongoing investigation into price fixing and bid rigging in the automotive parts industry.  DENSO, Nippon Seiki Ltd., Tokai Rika Co. Ltd., Furukawa Electric Co. Ltd, Yazaki Corp., G.S. Electech Inc., Fujikura Ltd., Autoliv Inc. and TRW Deutschland Holding GmbH pleaded guilty and were sentenced to pay a total of more than $809 million in criminal fines.  Additionally, 12 individuals have been sentenced to pay criminal fines and to serve jail sentences ranging from a year and a day to two years each.

Suzuki and Watanabe are charged with price fixing in violation of the Sherman Act, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $1 million criminal fine for individuals.  The maximum fine may be increased to twice the gain derived from the crime or twice the loss suffered by the victims of the crime, if either of those amounts is greater than the statutory maximum fine.

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