The real, honest-to-goodness Nintendo DS is made in China. Phony Nintendo DS handhelds are also made in, you guessed it, China. Funny, that.
Over 90 per cent of counterfeit goods that entered Japan in 2010 were, according to Japanese customs, from China. The number is 11 per cent higher than the previous year. The number two country for knock-off goods entering Japan was South Korea.
Japanese custom officials are eager to work with China as well as South Korea to come up with effective measures to counter the counterfeits.
The most popular knock-offs brought into Japan were Crocs sandals. Number two was the Nintendo DS and DS-related items. Custom officials say that these phony goods do look real, noting that it is difficult to distinguish them from the genuine article.