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Japan adopts the GINETEX textile care labeling symbols

KAKEN, a government-accredited organization of Japan that specializes in textile laboratory tests, will represent GINETEX in the country adding onto GINETEX’s national members that now amount to 22 in the world. With a strong presence in all of Europe, North Africa and Brazil, GINETEX now welcomes KAKEN as its national member in Japan, in order to promote and support the use of textile care symbols in the land of the rising sun. Today, the Japanese market represents over 300 clothing brands. The signature of this partnership with KAKEN in Japan is a historic moment for GINETEX, which will be represented for the first time in Asia.

Thomas Rasch, President of GINETEX feels the integration of KAKEN translates their common will and desire to standardise all textile care symbols around the world. With the precious support of 22 national members, GINETEX will continue to our work on promotion and use of these symbols, on an international scale.

Kaken is the most trusted and the biggest textile products inspection organisation in Japan. In addition, they are in cooperation with many industries including Japan Textile Evaluation Technology Council (JTETC), a well-known NPO, which has close relations with the government of Japan. A key player in the Japanese textile market and in the industrial market at large, this organization inspects and tests textiles (staples, filaments and yarns, woven and knitted fabrics and finished products), leather, rubber, chemicals, paper products and other industrial supplies, with the objective of obtaining certifications. KAKEN is an ISO 9001: 2000 certified textile testing laboratory.

KAKEN will take advantage of its strong influence and long-proven legitimacy in the Japanese textile Ecosystem (including government institutions, national textile industry organizations, textile and clothing manufacturers as well as consumer associations), to broadly communicate on the change and standardization of textile care symbols – now qualified ISO 3758, a certification backed by GINETEX, the guarantor of textile care labeling codes.

 
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