Japan - New Wine Labeling Standards Become Effective 2018

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Japan

Report Highlights: On October 30, 2018, the Government of Japan began to enforce its first national wine product labeling standards. Previously, industry associations were utilizing voluntary wine labeling standards. Under the voluntary rules, domestically produced or bottled wines made from imported ingredients (such as imported grape juice concentrate, or blended with imported wines) were permitted to be labeled as “Domestic Wine.” Under the new standards, “Domestic Wine” will no longer be a term that is permitted for use as it is being replaced by a variety of new terms.

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