Tokyo, Nov. 11 (Jiji Press)–Japanese parliament started deliberating a bill on Wednesday to prevent brand fruits and other newly developed plant varieties from being taken abroad.
The bill seeks to regulate exports of seeds and saplings in order to prevent domestically developed grapes, strawberries and other crops from being grown overseas without permission.
The House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries began deliberating the bill that would revise the plant variety protection and seed law.
The revision will allow people who develop new varieties to designate the places to grow them in Japan and file for a court injunction against violations.
The existing law has no provisions to prevent exports of new plant varieties, causing the luxury Shine Muscat grape, developed by a state-run research institute in Japan, to be produced in China and South Korea without permission.