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Japan teams with Southeast Asia to protect its prized fruits

Experts will help install law that guards against intellectual property theft

Strawberries are at the heart of a spat between Japan and South Korea over protections for original plant products.

TOKYO -- As newly bred Japanese strawberries and cherries that are sweeter and juicier than previous kinds hit the market, they are increasingly copied by farmers overseas, infringing on intellectual property rights.

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