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Japanese books removed from stores in China

Published on Sep 25, 2012 1:21 PM

BEIJING (DAILY YOMIURI/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Major bookshops in Beijing have started suspending sales of Japanese books as the two countries' ties remain tense due to their dispute over a chain of small islands in the East China Sea.

Wangfujing Bookstore, a long-established bookshop in the major Wangfujing shopping district in the Chinese capital, has removed Chinese versions of popular novels by Japanese authors, such as Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 and works of Keigo Higashino, from the section selling foreign books.

The shop also stopped selling Japanese language books and travel guides on the country.

"We don't sell Japanese books," a shop clerk said, adding, "I'm not sure of the reason, but perhaps it's because China-Japan relations aren't good".

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