Sunday, December 10, 2023

Japan failed to register newly-designed fruit, and thus can't stop China and South Korea from selling cheap knockoffs


The variety of juicy grape ... took scientists 33 years to develop and can sell for $100 a bunch in Tokyo department stores.


According to the Japanese government, China and South Korea took Shine Muscat seedlings out of Japan and grafted them onto local vines to produce fruit that looks and tastes -- almost -- as good.


Japan cannot stop China or South Korea from growing the fruit because Tokyo -- some say naively -- failed to register the variety overseas within the six years required under international rules.


Japan cannot export grapes to China itself because of Beijing's quarantine rules, so Chinese growers are not technically cannibalising Japanese sales.