OSAKA — A street vendor arrested in Hiroshima in September on suspicion of violating the Trademark Law has confessed to purchasing fake Louis Vuitton, Chanel and other brand-name products from a group of brokers in Osaka, investigative sources said.

The sources said Saturday that another street vendor, also under arrest in Osaka, has made similar confessions, prompting the Osaka and Hiroshima police forces to launch a joint investigation into alleged organized smuggling of fake brand-name articles.

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