“Don’t They Have Any Pride?” Minister Edano Criticizes China over Trademarks

“Don’t They Have Any Pride?” Minister Edano Criticizes China over Trademarks
Yomiuri Shimbun: プライドないのか…枝野氏、商標問題で中国批判
March 13, 2012

At a congressional budget planning committee meeting on the 13th, Minister of Economic Affairs Edano strongly criticized China over applications in that country to use Japanese agricultural produce and location names as trademarks, saying, “It’s a very grave state of affairs. If this kind of thing is done with impunity, isn’t it a problem for national pride? I want to ask them, ‘Don’t you have any pride?'”

Minister Noda announced that Japan is working with the Chinese government to improve its trademark registration system, saying that “While it’s only been a little bit, there has been a change of posture [on the Chinese side], so we want to follow up on that and request strict application of the law.”

Original/原稿:
プライドないのか…枝野氏、商標問題で中国批判

枝野経済産業相は13日の参院予算委員会で、日本の農産物名や地名が中国などで商標登録申請されている問題に関連し、「大変ゆゆしき事態だ。こんなものがまかり通っているとすれば、国家としてのプライドの問題ではないか。『プライドがないのか』と言いたい」と中国側を強く批判した。

枝野氏はまた、中国政府に商標登録に関する制度と運用の改善を働きかけていることを明らかにしたうえで、「若干ではあるが、(中国側の)姿勢は変わりつつあるので引き続き厳格な運用を求めたい」と語った。

(2012年3月13日18時35分 読売新聞)

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