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A vice ministerial-level meeting of 37 countries reached a broad agreement Saturday in Tokyo on an international treaty to crack down on counterfeit and pirated products, the government said.

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is designed to create an international framework to halt the distribution of counterfeit brand goods and pirated music and film products.

The 37 countries include Japan, the United States, members of the European Union, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, Mexico and Morocco.

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