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Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

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Intellectual Property

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries' Intellectual Property Strategy 2020 (as of May 28, 2015) (PDF : 99KB)

Geographical Indication (GI)

In June 2015, the Act on Protection of the Names of Specific Agricultural, Forestry and Fishery Products andGI Mark
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.

Plant Variety Protection (PVP)

Launch of MAFF Electric Application System for New Plant Variety Registration

The East Asia Plant Variety Protection Forum, Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV)

UPOV Council gives green light for Brunei and Myanmar to become UPOV member (Nov.2, 2017)


The Website of the East Asia Plant Variety Protection Forum


Intellectual Property Division, Food Industry Affairs Bureau
1-2-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8950, Japan