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New Designation of Edo Glassware as a Traditional Craft under the Act on the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby announces that on November 26, 2014, it has newly designated Edo Glassware made in Tokyo and Chiba Prefecture as a traditional craft as defined in the Act on the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries (hereinafter called the “Act”).

1. New designation of traditional craft

Concerning the new designation of Edo Glassware in Tokyo and Chiba Prefecture, the Industrial Structure Council examined the craft and decided to newly designate it as a traditional craft. On November 26, 2014, this designation was announced by a public notice and the craft was listed as an item designated by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry.

The number of designated traditional crafts now comes to 219 items, of which 14 are from Tokyo and six from Chiba Prefecture.

2. Outline of the newly designated craft

  • Edo Glassware

    With the Western-style glassmaking technology having been introduced in the early Meiji Era to Shinagawa Glass Factory, a government-operated factory in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Edo Glassware was manufactured and spread as an industry mainly in Tokyo.
    The major manufacturing processes of Edo Glassware are categorized into the following three groups:

    1. Free-blowing process: With a blowpipe to blow air into the glass, molten glass is molded into the desired shape;
    2. Mold-blowing process: Molten glass is blown inside a mold to be shaped; and
    3. Pressing process: Molted glass is pressed to be shaped.

3. Details of the Act on the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries

The Act aims to provide rich and affluent living to the public and contribute to the succession of traditional skills and techniques to the next generation, as well as to the economic development and creation of employment in the region, through the promotion of traditional craft industries. Traditional crafts that are designated* under the Act are subject to various types of promotion policies under the Act.

*Five requirements should be satisfied for designation: the craft should be: [i] a daily commodity, [ii] handmade, [iii] made using a traditional skill or technique continued for the last 100 years or more, [iv] made of a raw material which has been used traditionally, and [v] created in a particular area.

For further details, see the Japanese language press release.

Release date

November 26, 2014

Division in charge

Traditional Craft Industry Office, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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