What is it about?

This article sheds light on the black box of GI registration processes in rural GI production areas in Japan. Considering both the ex-ante and ex-post of GI registration, this study provides empirical insights into the GI registration processes by highlighting the associated efforts of GI applicants, the expectations before GI registration, and the effects of registration.

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Why is it important?

This study developed the new evaluation framework of GI registration, which includes perceptions of GI applicants and can contribute to GI governance with various stakeholders.


Our findings imply that satisfaction and merits perceived by the producers and applicants depend upon recognition or even awareness of the GI scheme for consumers and stakeholders. Such increased awareness of GI system is a prerequisite for producers of the individual products to perceive the merits of the registration. Sharing the aims and concepts of GI with stakeholders can facilitate innovation in the current GI scheme to enable informed choices for consumers.

Ai Tashiro
Tohoku University

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This page is a summary of: Internal processes of Geographical Indication and their effects: an evaluation framework for geographical indication applicants in Japan, Journal of Ethnic Foods, September 2018, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1016/j.jef.2018.07.004.
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