Maxell has had a history of faking and hiding media origin.
I have once bought jewel-case 8x +R which was MAXELL media and said “Made in Japan”, but other jewel cases didn’t mention any country of origin, and that’s fishy.
Some 25 pieces 8x -R, labeled “Made in Japan”, turned out to be Ritek G05.
A few weeks ago, I saw a Maxell 25 pieces 8x +R cakebox, which said “Made in Japan”, but in small letters, in Hungarian, it said “szÃ¡rmÃ¡szi orszÃ¡g: Tajvan”. Media doesn’t automagically become better because it’s packaged in Japan.
What does “almost” mean? If it’s about the shrinkwrap: TY cakeboxes don’t necessarily have printed shrinkwrap, my TDK 25 pieces 16x DVD+R had clear shrinkwrap and a paper cylinder inside.
But if they are TY style cakebox I would still buy one, despite the TY cakebox style being faked by companies like BestMedia/Platinum.