What is JAPRPO ?

Summary

Publicity Rights Protection Organization was first founded in 1986 which has been actively involving in lawmaking activities related to protect artist's name and image properties since.
Its activities progress gradually after Tokyo Supreme Court's verdict in the "O Nyan Ko Club" case those talents
Of the Club not only won the their names and images' personality right, but also their images property in 1991.
Since the organization was registered as a non-profit organization in year 2000, we are committed to ban again illegal commodities; to build up laws to protect publicity; and, to expend our membership by recruiting new members.

Process

Since Tokyo District Court verdict in the "Mark Lester" case in 1976, name, image and publicity rights of popular talents and sport players are being recognized as property rights.
Also, Tokyo Supreme Court had identified clearly that name, image and publicity rights have potential to attract customer's consuming power and control its value in the "O Nyan Ko Club" case, 1991. Since then, the publicity right is being protected by Japanese law.

Nevertheless, there have been many case of abuse in name and image right caused by the ignorance to the publicity right.
Typical examples are snap shots of popular talents and sports players are being used to sell as products without permissions.
Revenues generated by these illegal products is reported over Japanese Yen 10 billion annually.
If we don't take appropriate actions to protect copyright and trademark, it would be bad influence for our industry to practice the right fairly.
More important, we have to protect the publicity right in the "internet" era, otherwise, the damage to publicity right would be increasing eventually.

We established Publicity Rights Protection Organization as we shared the vision to protect and monitor the potential crime against the publicity right in the past decades. In order for us to increase the public's awareness on the publicity right, we formed Non-profit Organization Japan Publicity Rights Protection Organization.

Organizations

President:
Masahisa Aizawa
Vice President:
Kazuo Kambayashi
Shigeki Hayashi
Director:
Junichi Ito
Takashi Kasuga
Shuichi Kurita
Hiroshi Gotou
Kazuo Shiina
Kenjiro Tanaka
Yoshitaka Hori
Takashi Watanabe
Supervisor:
Hiroaki Ito
Teruo Midorikawa
Secretariat:
Takashi Manabe
Corporate lawyer:
Hideaki Kubori Hibiya Park Law Office
Shihei Yamazaki Ginza Rights Law Office
Hisashi Nagira
Tsunemichi Yokoyama
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto Law Office
Honorable Advisor:
Kensaku Morita Govenor of Chiba Prefecture

Contact

Non-Profitable Organization Japan Publicity Rights Protection Organization
<Office> Yotsuya Annex 4 Samon-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8501 Japan TEL&FAX : 03-3226-0984