Intellectual property features increasingly prominently on the Japanese government’s agenda to strengthen the country’s industrial competitiveness. This stance was mirrored in the establishment of the Council for Intellectual Property Strategy (CIPS) under the chairmanship of the prime minister in 2002. The CIPS was created to enhance the protection of IP rights, in cooperation with relevant government agencies. In 2004 the CIPS announced the Intellectual Property Strategic Programme, which consists of approximately 30 important initiatives, including six directly addressing the issue of counterfeit goods, showing a clear and strong determination to resolve this problem.


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