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Joint press release with the Consumer Affairs AgencyCreating and Publishing Brochures Concerning New Washing Labeling for Textile Products including Clothing- Toward Dissemination and Correct Understanding of New Washing Labeling -

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA) will jointly create and publish leaflets and brochures about new washing labeling on clothing and other textile products in order to disseminate relevant information and ensure consumer understanding of the labeling.

1. Background of creating leaflets and pamphlets

The Textile Goods Quality Labeling Regulations were revised in March 2015 in accordance with the Household Goods Quality Labeling Act*. Accordingly, the conventional washing labeling on clothing and other textile products will be changed in December 2016 in accordance with the new provisions of JIS L 0001 in place of the conventional provisions of JIS L 0217. The new washing labeling uses 41 types of symbols, which is an increase from the 22 types used on the conventional labeling.

With such a background, METI and CAA decided to jointly create and publish leaflets and brochures under the cooperation of relevant organizations, including the Nippon Association of Consumer Specialists (NACS), in order to disseminate relevant information and ensure consumer understanding of the labeling.

* The Household Goods Quality Labeling Act (Act No. 104 of 1962) stipulates matters that manufacturers should indicate in a specified method on the quality of household goods produced by them and used by consumers on a daily basis. This Act was enacted to enable consumers to receive adequate information at the time of purchasing goods. The Textile Goods Quality Labeling Regulations (Public Notice of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry No. 558 of 1997) stipulate matters to be indicated and the method of indication on textile products.

2. Future schedule

The leaflets and brochures will be posted on the websites of METI and CAA. (See the URLs below.)
Furthermore, METI and CAA will disseminate the new washing labeling information and keep consumers informed of the same by distributing the leaflets and brochures to consumer associations for their utilization.

Release date

October 7, 2015

Division in charge

International Standardization Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, METI

Related Information

Japanese Industrial Standards

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