FEATURE: Chinese villages produce fake cigarettes for Japan.TOKYO, July 31 Kyodo
On the surface, several farming villages near the port city of Xiamen in China's southeastern province of Fujian appear as calm as any other Chinese villages, with no outsiders believing in the existence of clandestine CLANDESTINE. That which is done in secret and contrary to law.
2.Generally a clandestine act in case of the limitation of actions will prevent the act from running. bases.
''In fact, there are village-wide underground plants to manufacture counterfeit To falsify, deceive, or defraud. A copy or imitation of something that is intended to be taken as authentic and genuine in order to deceive another.
A counterfeit coin is one that may pass for a genuine coin and may include a lower denomination coin altered so that it may cigarettes,'' a tobacco broker says in a hushed voice at his home in Shanghai.
He says that by using highly efficient machines obtained illegally from other Chinese plants or through smuggling smuggling, illegal transport across state or national boundaries of goods or persons liable to customs or to prohibition. Smuggling has been carried on in nearly all nations and has occasionally been adopted as an instrument of national policy, as by Great Britain from overseas, these underground plants are doing everything to produce counterfeit cigarettes -- from package printing to paper rolling, packing and transportation on a village basis.
''Counterfeit cigarettes are an important revenue source for these villages. If there is information about police raids, village authorities immediately tip off those concerned,'' the broker said.
In various parts of Japan, phony Seven Stars and Mild Seven Lights, best-selling best·sell·er also best seller
A product, such as a book, that is among those sold in the largest numbers.
best brands of Japan Tobacco Inc. (JT), the government's effective monopoly, have turned up recently across Japan.
After the principal offenders were arrested, a joint investigation task force formed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department The Metropolitan Police Department (警視庁 Keishichō) serves as the police force for the entire Tokyo metropolis. Founded in 1874, it is headed by a superintendent general, who is appointed by the National Public Safety Commission and approved by (MPD MPD maximum permissible dose.
1. maximal permissible dose
2. multiple personality disorder
Multiple personality disorder (MPD) ) and the Ibaraki and Gunma prefectural pre·fec·ture
1. The district administered or governed by a prefect.
2. The office or authority of a prefect.
3. The residence or housing of a prefect. police headquarters discovered that the cigarettes were smuggled smug·gle
v. smug·gled, smug·gling, smug·gles
1. To import or export without paying lawful customs charges or duties.
2. To bring in or take out illicitly or by stealth. from China, where counterfeits of any commodity prevail.
Investigation sources point to the possibility that the cigarettes were produced specifically for the Japanese market, expressing concern that the discovered fake cigarettes, the third-most smuggled product from the Chinese mainland following shotguns and stimulant drugs Noun 1. stimulant drug - a drug that temporarily quickens some vital process
amphetamine, pep pill, upper, speed - a central nervous system stimulant that increases energy and decreases appetite; used to treat narcolepsy and some forms of , might be just the beginning of a new smuggling trend.
The Shanghai broker says per-pack production cost is 1 yuan (about 13 yen or 12 cents), with buyers ordering the cigarettes in units of tens of thousands of cartons. If brokers pay a 20-30% deposit, manufacturers will bear the risk of transporting them to designated points, he says.
Counterfeits of not only Chinese but also foreign-produced cigarettes, including Marlboro, exist on the market, and their smuggling into Europe has also been confirmed.
A Chinese trader who has lived in Japan for three years says trademark violation is nothing more than a legal concept in a capitalist society. ''Forged cigarettes don't kill people. Chinese who manufacture them never feel a sense of guilt,'' the trader said.
On June 24, about 95,000 packs of bogus cigarettes were confiscated con·fis·cate
tr.v. con·fis·cat·ed, con·fis·cat·ing, con·fis·cates
1. To seize (private property) for the public treasury.
2. To seize by or as if by authority. See Synonyms at appropriate.
adj. from the office of real-estate company Yazaki Sangyo in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward. When a pack was opened, black leaves fell to the floor.
A high-ranking MPD officer said, ''You can't easily tell the difference between real and forged cigarettes just by looking because of the elaborate workmanship used for the fakes. However, the volume of leaves is one-third of real ones.''
''Various kinds of leaves are mixed. They taste terrible and the quality is quite inferior,'' a JT public relations public relations, activities and policies used to create public interest in a person, idea, product, institution, or business establishment. By its nature, public relations is devoted to serving particular interests by presenting them to the public in the most official said.
So far, five people have been arrested on suspicion of violating Japan's Trademark Law, and more than 200,000 packs of counterfeit cigarettes have been confiscated.
Tsuneo Iioka, 51, the prime suspect in the case, has allegedly told police a Chinese national talked him into the smuggling operation around 1996 while they were serving prison sentences together in Japan.
Iioka, who runs a bone-setting clinic in Ibaraki Prefecture For the city, see .
Ibaraki Prefecture (茨城県 Ibaraki-ken , northeast of Tokyo, said that, using the Chinese national as an intermediary, he traveled to Fujian Province.
While there he had 575 cardboard boxes cardboard box n → caja de cartón
cardboard box n → (boîte f en) carton m
cardboard box card n → of forged cigarettes hidden under sandals shipped to Yokohama port in mid-May and then sold them to brokers for between 120 yen and 150 yen a pack, he said.
The joint police investigation task force believes Iioka is behind the smuggling of all counterfeit cigarettes found throughout Japan from northeastern Japan to Kobe in western Japan and Okinawa.
Japanese is printed on the packages of the smuggled cigarettes, and quarters concerned agree that they were manufactured deliberately for Japan. But police officers say they fail to understand why the smugglers went through so much trouble to import cigarettes that smokers can easily identify as fake once they light up.
The margin of profit for Iioka's operation was about 80 yen per pack, with the deal yielding around 20 million yen at most.
''The tobacco business cannot be done without a policy of maintaining a narrow profit margin and a large sales volume. A 'market survey' might be the purpose this time,'' a police officer said.
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Shou Rongfang, chief of a task force at tobacco monopoly authorities in Shanghai, says, ''We confiscated 60 truckloads of fake and smuggled cigarettes in November last year and burned them. About 1,500 underground plants manufacturing fake cigarettes were found across the country in the first half of this year.''
''It makes me shudder to think that (smugglers) are testing to ascertain whether (forged cigarettes) can actually be discovered,'' a JT official said, adding counterfeit cigarettes of higher quality might possibly follow.