Can't say about the Japanese edition, but the EMI version I bought off Amazon for a song (they had a sale going shortly after it was issued) is superb. Totally worth it.
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Good Day Garebear,
I own this Japan box set. Bought it from a reputable dealer of Japan imports. He is on eBay, under seller Pertnubees in California. A real gentleman whom knows the products. And yes, there are many knock-offs and counterfeits.
I paid $500 for my set very shortly after it was released.
Prices still command $400-500 easy.
I am out of town at the moment, when I return home- I will check my set (it is still sealed) and give you some intel that will make your buying a little easier!
Be VERY careful. I'm in the process right now of returning an eBay purchase of a counterfeit. Since I got burned, I have been researching this. There is a lot of wacky info out there, but my understanding is that all of the authentic 2009 release Beatles Mono CD sets were made in Japan. I would trust Elusive Disc.
I am back in the office and here is the intel I promised;
White OBI w/ a green apple in upper left-hand corner of OBI strip -front cover.
At the bottom of OBI strip (front cover)- TOCP-71041-53 (ROCK) Mono/Stereo 39,800 37,905 10.3.8
On the back cover there is a barcode w/ numbers;
4 988006 873612
Next to barcode in very small print;
09.9.9(09.9.9) MONO/STEREO MADE IN JAPAN 2009
Hope this helps- feel free to contact me, as my copy, is still sealed and un-molested condition!