On September 15, 2016, the Justice Department announced that Alpha Corporation, which is based in Japan, agreed to plead guilty for its role in a price-fixing and bid-rigging conspiracy involving automotive parts, specifically automotive access mechanisms.  The charge is part of an ongoing federal antitrust investigation in the automotive parts industry and Alpha is the 46th corporation to be charged as participating in the scheme.  The charge, filed in the Eastern District of Michigan, states that from as early as 2002 through at least September 2011, Alpha conspired to fix prices and rig bids for automotive access mechanisms sold to Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and its subsidiaries.  United States v. Alpha Corp. (E.D. Mich.).  DOJ Press Release