Japan seeks GI tag for nihonshu


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    The Embassy of Japan, New Delhi, has filed an application seeking a Geographical Indication (GI) tag for nihonshu/Japanese sake, an alcoholic beverage.

    • This is the first time a product from Japan has filed for a tag at the Geographical Indication Registry in Chennai

    About Nihonshu 

    • It is regarded as a special and valuable beverage made from fermenting rice.
    • People traditionally drink nihonshu on special occasions, such as festivals, weddings or funerals, but it is also consumed on a daily basis. 
      • Thus, it is an integral part of the lifestyle and culture in Japan
    • The sake market (almost all are nihonshu) is the second largest brewed liquor (such as beer) market in Japan.

    About GI Tag

    • It is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. 
    • In order to function as a GI, a sign must identify a product as originating in a given place.
    • In addition, the qualities, characteristics or reputation of the product should be essentially due to the place of origin. 
    • Since the qualities depend on the geographical place of production, there is a clear link between the product and its original place of production.