TOKYO (AFP) - Japan, the United States and six other nations signed a treaty in Tokyo on Saturday to fight counterfeit and pirated goods, saying their proliferation hurts economic growth and helps organised crime. But the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement was not joined by China, where counterfeit products are widely produced and distributed. At the signing ceremony, Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba nonetheless said the treaty turns a new page in global crackdowns. We must stop damage from surging counterfeit and pirated products, he said. As well as Japan and the US, it was signed by Australia, Canada, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea. The EU, Mexico and Switzerland intend to sign once they have passed enabling legislation.