The Straits Times
Published on Sep 16, 2012

Japan PM calls on China to ensure safety of citizens


TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Sunday called on China to ensure the safety of Japanese people and businesses amid reports of vandalism in an intensifying territorial row between the two nations.

Chinese state media reported on Saturday that angry demonstrators attempted to storm the Japanese embassy in Beijing as tens of thousands of people across China protested against Japan.

Japanese reports on Sunday said that anti-Japan demonstrations had expanded to about 50 cities in China.

In Qingdao in northeastern China, 10 factories connected to Japanese businesses included Panasonic were targeted by protesters, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported, citing the Japanese embassy in China as a source.