The Consumer Affairs Agency has reprimanded the maker of a diet pill over ads that claim people can lose weight while they sleep after taking the pills.
An advertisement for the popular diet pill "Nighttime slim Tomami-chan" reads: "An easy diet solution while you sleep," under which the subtext says: "No effort required at all; simply take one pill before you go to bed."
However, the Consumer Affairs agency has flagged the medication for having no reasonable grounds to support the advertising claims and has asked the company to take measures to improve its product and ensure that similar missteps do not occur again in the future, TBS reported Friday.
According to the agency, the diet pill has sold over 1,540,000 units since October 2011 when it launched, and earned 5 billion yen in revenue for its maker, Commerce Gaten.
A company spokesman said, "We understand the gravity of our actions and shall devote ourselves to improving our product and ensuring that similar transgressions do not occur again," TBS reported.© Japan Today