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Japan to strengthen IP protections for its high-end produce

Move will curb foreign growers so Japanese farms realize the fruits of their labor

Seedless Shine Muscat grapes, developed in Japan, enjoy growing popularity overseas. (Photo by Yuji Uoyama)

TOKYO -- Japan is stepping up efforts to make sure the profits from high-end fruits developed by its farmers end up in the right pockets.

The agriculture ministry will select a private organization in fiscal 2020 to protect the intellectual property rights of new varieties of fruits and plants developed in Japan, a move that is hoped to prevent their unauthorized cultivation overseas, particularly in Asia.

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