Japan FTC Lists Abusive Practices by Talent Agencies

Society Culture Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 29 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Fair Trade Commission has listed examples of abusive practices by talent agencies that may be considered illegal under the antimonopoly law.

The practices include excessively low pay to entertainers that talent agencies decide unilaterally and the use of pressure by agencies to prevent such people from appearing on television, according to the list.

The list was presented at a meeting of a Liberal Democratic Party research division Wednesday.

Talent agencies could be viewed as having violated the law if they oblige entertainers to refrain from entertainment business activities for a while as a condition for accepting the termination of their contracts with the agencies.

Other potentially illegal practices by talent agencies include activities to stop their entertainers from becoming independent or transferring to other agencies by threatening to block their future entertainment activities, the list said.

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