In June 2015, the Act on Protection of the Names of Specific Agricultural, Forestry and Fishery Products and
Foodstuffs (Geographical Indication (GI) Act) entered into force.
In Japan, there are many regional brand products which have obtained high quality and reputation as a result of unique production methods and natural characteristics such as regional climate and soil conditions. GI Act provides a system that the government protects names of such products as Intellectual Property.
GI Act protects the interests of producers through establishment of the GI protection system, thereby contributing to the sound development of the agricultural, forestry and fishery industries as well as to ensure the interests of consumers.
Intellectual Property Division, Food Industry Affairs Bureau
1-2-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8950, Japan