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The government will initiate in August a major campaign to curtail the rampant practice, mainly in China, of uploading Japanese anime and manga on the Web for public viewing without authors’ permission, NHK said Monday.

As the popularity of Japanese-made animated movies and cartoons soars worldwide, thanks in part to the government’s effort to promote their export, a growing number of websites, especially those operated by Chinese, are offering their online versions for free in violation of the rights of their copyright owners.

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