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Japan to crack down on fake and faulty goods sold online

New law will enable government to order e-commerce sites to halt sales

Under a new bill to be presented to parliament in January, operators of e-commerce sites in Japan can be ordered to halt sales of fake and faulty products. (Source photos by Wataru Ito and Kyodo) 

TOKYO -- The Japanese government plans to draft legislation giving it authority to order e-commerce website operators to stop selling counterfeit and defective products, in an effort to strengthen consumer protections for online shoppers, Nikkei has learned.

The government is considering imposing penalties on website operators who fail to comply with the new law. At present, it can only request that they halt sales of fake or faulty products.

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