I think it should be more like "FabriquÃ© au Japon", at least my That's CD-R say that :bigsmile:
I don't know where talos_2002 is located, but if he's from Europe, he won't find COOs on the Maxell cakeboxes.
There are lots of small details that can help you detect the Maxell discs from the huge number of 10 disc cakeboxes though!
Like the eighth number of the EAN/UPC (5 = Ricoh, 3 = Maxell?), or the different look of the barcode area in general.
At least that's what this thread in the German Doom9/Gleitz DVD forum claims.
This won't work with 8x cakeboxes though! Lots of Maxell 8x cakeboxes falsely claim MIJ while they are RITEK R03 or RITEK G05 :Z
This has, luckily, stopped with the 16x media though.