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    Knock Off the Knockoffs, Japan Tells China

    They’re beefing over “Kobe.” Fraudulent online claims accompanying food products out of China — labeled as Japanese-made — are proliferating. An estimated 80 percent of the faux-Japanese web vendors, selling everything from Nishio no Matcha tea to Yubari melons, have Chinese origins, and Tokyo’s and Beijing’s brand infringement efforts aren’t keeping up. As the U.S. takes a step back from Asia, Tokyo is struggling to compete with Beijing on the global economic stage, but it’s insisting that when it comes to its own products, the fight must be fair.

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