Japan's government calls for 'calm' after China protests

The Japanese government has been urging China to do more to protect businesses after anti-Japan demonstrations took place across the country on the dispute over island ownership. Chief cabinet secretary Osamu Fujimura told reporters:

Japanese companies play an important role in the Chinese economy and employment. We believe we should be calm and make rational judgments from a broad perspective.

– Osamu Fujimura, Japan's chief cabinet secretary


Anti-Japan protests intensify

Anti-Japan demonstrations have intensified in China in response to a diplomatic dispute over the ownership of islands in the East China Sea. Major Japanese firms including Panasonic, Canon and Mitsubishi have closed their factories in the country.