Fake brand seizures hit new half-year high

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Police seized a record number of counterfeit brand-name goods in the January-June period, National Police Agency records showed Thursday. The number of seized goods came to 331,136 items, a record high for a half-year period.

The figure for the six-month period has already exceeded the total goods seized for the whole of last year, which was also the one-year record high.

Of fake brand goods, including bags and watches, 98.9 percent were manufactured overseas, with 45.7 percent brought in from China, 37.2 percent from South Korea and 16.0 percent from Hong Kong. Of all counterfeit goods, 67.9 percent were brought into Japan as maritime cargo and 28.2 percent by air.

Meanwhile, the number of pirated DVDs and other pirated goods detected by authorities also hit a record high of 135,901 in the first half of this year, the agency said, adding that charges for violation of intellectual property rights were made in 252 cases.

Of the foreign nationals selling fake brand goods on the streets and charged by police, Israelis accounted for 66.6 percent, the agency said.