994,000 fakes turned away

Japan barred 994,000 fake name-brand articles from being imported into the country in 1999, up 1.2 percent from the previous year, the Finance Ministry said Friday.

Of the total, 97 percent came from other Asian countries, the ministry said in an annual report on goods whose importation was turned down due to violations of intellectual property rights.

Goods originating in China commanded the biggest share of the rejected items in 1999 at 37.4 percent, followed by goods from Hong Kong at 25.7 percent and South Korea at 15.2 percent, it said.

By type, clothes accounted for 66.2 percent, bags 5.4 percent, shoes 4.9 percent, toys 4 percent and watches 3.2 percent of the items rejected, according to the ministry.