On 28 February 2017, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) granted the first two registrations of color per se marks in Japan. Non-traditional marks, such as color per se, became capable of registration since 1 April 2015. The first color per se mark is a mark consisting of three stripes in blue, white and black for “erasers” owned by stationery company Tombow Pencil Co. Ltd. The second mark is a mark of four stripes in orange, white, green and red, which is owned by Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Ltd. for “retail or wholesale services” in class 35. It has taken the JPO nearly two years to allow these marks to proceed to registration. It indicates that the JPO is cautiously examining these types of applications. The JPO statistics show that although 1,492 applications for non-traditional marks including color per se marks were filed, only 207 non-traditional marks were registered as of 20 February 2017. At this point in time, there are no registrations for mono color marks or sound marks without linguistic elements such as lyrics.