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Hardlines: related local laws

Electrical Appliance and Material Safety Act (PSE Mark)

Product examples: AC adapters, hair dryers, electric irons, electric blenders, electric shavers
All imported electrical appliances must comply with the standards of the Electrical Appliance and Material Safety Act. This law prevents hazards and disturbances that can be caused by electrical appliances. The importer has the obligation to conform to this law and to attach the PSE Mark, which acts as proof of conformity, onto the confirmed products. Go to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry website for more details.

Technical Regulations Conformity Certification for Radio Equipment (Technical Conformity Mark)

Product examples: wireless headphones, wireless speakers, Bluetooth equipment
To sell a product that emits radio frequencies, the product must conform to the technical regulations specified in the Radio Law, and the product must have a Technical Conformity Mark that acts as proof that the product is in accordance with the law. Go to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication website for more details.

Consumer Products Safety Act

Product examples: pressure cookers and autoclaves for home use, helmets (automotive, cycle, etc.), climbing ropes, portable laser-applied equipment, washing machines, and CRT-based televisions
The following products must comply with the Consumer Products Safety Act and may not be sold without the PSC Mark: pressure cookers and autoclaves for home use, helmets (automotive, cycle, etc.), baby beds, climbing ropes, portable laser-applied equipment, hot water circulators for bathtubs, oil water heaters, oil bath boilers, oil heaters, indoor instantaneous gas water heaters (for city gas and LP gas), bath boilers with indoor gas burners (for city gas and LP gas), forced flue-type oil warm-air furnaces, built-in electric dishwashers, electric dryers for bathrooms, electric fans, air conditioners, ventilators, washing machines, and CRT-based televisions. Go to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry website for more details.

Household Goods Quality Labeling Act

Product examples: textile goods such as towels and tableware, electrical appliances such as electric blenders, electric coffee makers, and electric pots, and plastic manufactured goods such as water purifiers and baby bottles
The Household Goods Quality Labeling Act provides labeling obligations to enable consumers to make informed decisions when purchasing household goods. The law establishes what product information must be displayed on product labels. The law applies to textile goods, plastic manufactured goods (e.g., water purifiers, baby bottles), electrical appliances, and miscellaneous manufactured goods sold in Japan. Go to the Consumer Affairs Agency, Government of Japan website for more details.

Food Sanitation Act and food labeling

Product examples: feeding bottles, eating utensils, plates, toys for babies and children
Food products and products intended for infants and small children (such as feeding bottles, eating utensils, plates, and toys) must comply with the Food Sanitation Act, which ensures food safety for the public. Go to the Food Sanitation Act website for more details.
Any questions? Service providers can consult you regarding local law requirements.

Fashion goods: related local laws

Household Goods Quality Labeling Act

Product examples: textile clothing such as dresses, T-shirts, and swimwear
The Household Goods Quality Labeling Act provides labeling obligations to enable consumers to make informed decisions when purchasing household goods. The law establishes what product information must be displayed on product labels. The law applies to textile goods, plastic manufactured goods (e.g., water purifiers, baby bottles), electrical appliances, and miscellaneous manufactured goods sold in Japan. Go to the Consumer Affairs Agency, Government of Japan website for more details.

Intellectual property rights

Product examples: branded clothing, shoes, bags, and watches
Please ensure that you have the intellectual property rights necessary to sell your products in Japan. Even if you have the intellectual property rights to sell a product in your country, you may need additional permission from the brand owner to sell the product in Japan. In addition, you are prohibited from selling counterfeit or illegal parallel imports. You may also want to consider protecting your own intellectual property rights in Japan. Go to the Japan Patent Office website for more details.
Any questions? Service providers can consult you regarding local law requirements.

Consumables: related local laws

Food Sanitation Act and food labeling

Product examples: coffee, tea, sweets such as chocolates, and other foods
Food products and products intended for infants and small children (such as baby bottles, eating utensils, plates, and toys) must comply with the Food Sanitation Act, which ensures food safety for the public. Go to the Food Sanitation Act website for more details.

Pharmaceutical Affairs Act

Product examples: supplements, cosmetics, and medical devices
Pharmaceutical products, such as supplements and medical devices, sold in Japan must comply with the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act. Go to the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act website (in Japanese) for more details.

Household Goods Quality Labeling Act

Product examples: plastic manufactured goods such as baby bottles, plates, utensils, and toys
The Household Goods Quality Labeling Act provides labeling obligations to enable consumers to make informed decisions when purchasing household goods. The law establishes what product information must be displayed on product labels. The law applies to textile goods, plastic manufactured goods (e.g., water purifiers, baby bottles), electrical appliances, and miscellaneous manufactured goods sold in Japan. Go to the Consumer Affairs Agency, Government of Japan website for more details.
Any questions? Service providers can consult you regarding local law requirements.

Media products: related local laws

Intellectual property rights

Product examples: all media products for which intellectual properties are secured
Please ensure that you have the intellectual property rights necessary to sell your products in Japan. Even if you have the intellectual property rights to sell a product in your country, you may need additional permission from the brand owner to sell the product in Japan. In addition, you are prohibited from selling counterfeit or illegal parallel imports. You may also want to consider protecting your own intellectual property rights in Japan. Go to the Japan Patent Office website for more details.
Any questions? Service providers can consult you regarding local law requirements.
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