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Japanese Article Number

Overview#

Japanese Article Number (JAN) is a barcode standard compatible with the EAN.

Japanese Article Number standard began in 1978. Originally, Japanese Article Number was issued a flag code (EAN's number system) of 49. In 1992, JAN was newly issued an additional flag code of 45. In January 2001 the manufacturer code changed to 7 digits (9 digits including the flag code) for new companies.

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