71 Japanese-style art prints sold by department store suspected fake

Economy Society

A Japanese department store operator said Monday its internal probe found a total of 71 art prints it sold for over 10 years through 2020 are suspected to be counterfeit, after receiving a report from an art industry group of forgeries in circulation. Sogo & Seibu Co. said the forged art pieces are believed to be based on 10 works by the late master painters of Nihonga, or traditional Japanese-style arts -- Ikuo Hirayama, Kaii Higashiyama and Tamako Kataoka -- and were sold from 2009 with sales amounting to around 55 million yen ($520,000). Since receiving the report on Dec. 1, the retailer ha...

Kyodo News

Kyodo News Society