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Japan intercepts rising tide of knockoffs

92% of last year's cases came from China

TOKYO -- Cases in which Japanese customs officials blocked counterfeit items from entering the country jumped by 18% in 2017 to the second-highest tally on record as smugglers increasingly favor the postal system over containerships.

There were 30,627 incidents last year of items in violation of Japanese intellectual property codes being stopped at the border, the Ministry of Finance reported. The figure is exceeded only by the total in 2014.

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