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Japan says 'no' to strawberry and grape copycats

Nearly 2,000 varieties of native produce banned from transport abroad

Amao strawberries are among the natively developed fruits whose seeds and seedlings are banned from being taken out of Japan.

TOKYO/NEW YORK -- Crunchy, fragrant and sweet, Japan's Shine Muscat grape went through more than 15 years of testing and selection before it was finally released as a new breed.

But the expensive grape variety is now increasingly found in vineyards in South Korea and China and sold at a diluted price.

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