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Unauthorized export of premium fruit varieties from Japan

Fruits
Japan
Published Oct 2, 2021

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An increasing number of premium fruit varieties and other high-quality agricultural products developed in Japan are popping up in overseas markets. Japan's Plant Variety and Seed Protection Act was recently amended to curb the unauthorized export of these products. Nevertheless, it cannot be prevented that these varieties are secretly grown once they have been smuggled out of the country.

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For this reason, the Japanese government has expanded support to Japanese growers, including granting subsidies to register Japanese varieties in other countries. At the end of July, growers of the Ruby Roman grape variety, a specialty of Ishakawa Prefecture, learned through a report in a South Korean newspaper that this variety was grown by South Korean growers and would be on Korean store shelves in August. The government of Ishikawa Prefecture spent 14 years developing the Ruby Roman brand, which first appeared on the market in 2008. The grape variety is only grown by a small number of selected growers in the prefecture. Although high-end Japanese fruit brands are popular in overseas markets, it is striking that these premium varieties are grown in South Korea and China, which have a climate comparable to that in Japan. The Shine Muscat grape variety is also grown in these two ...
Source: AGF
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