japanese group claims anti-piracy success A group representing Japanese makers of films, music, comics and games said yesterday anti-piracy measures taken jointly with local law enforcement authorities resulted in the seizure of more than 700,000 pirated Japanese items on the mainland, in Hong Kong and Taiwan between January and April. The Content Overseas Distribution Association said it had investigated 994 stores in the three economies, including shops that sold only pirated Japanese items. The investigation led to the arrest of 59 people, it said. data access a key concern of credit agency inquiries More than 1,300 inquiries about consumer credit data have been lodged at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data since a code of practice came into effect in June, 2003. About 38 per cent concerned access to data. Acting Privacy Commissioner Tony Lam Wing-hong said the office also received 52 complaints about the code over the same period, 45 per cent of which were related to credit providers' failures to provide accurate information to the credit reference agency. certification system logs up checks on exports Customs officers have carried out 1,078 consignment checks at factories and examined 261 consignments exported under the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement's system for certificates of origin since it was introduced last year, the Commerce, Industry and Technology Bureau says. Eleven cases required investigation, two of which were referred by mainland customs officials. Two led to prosecution. third nomination received for chief executive poll Allen Tam Kwan-sui submitted a nomination form for the chief executive election at the office of the returning officer, bringing the number of nominations received to three since they opened on June 3. The nomination period ends on Thursday.