China orders retailers to stop selling 'Tokyo Big Bang' fireworks
calgaryherald.com -- Feb 11
Chinese authorities have ordered retailers to stop selling fireworks named "Tokyo Big Bang" because they could damage relations with Japan, an official with the fireworks' manufacturer said Thursday.
Relations between China and Japan have been tense lately as the two argued over who owns tiny islands in the East China Sea.
As a result, authorities have passed on the message that "China is a peace-loving country and we should not do something damaging to the China-Japan friendship," said a manager at the Beijing Doudou Fireworks Company, which manufactured the fireworks in question. He gave only his surname, Yang.
The name came from both patriotism and profit, he said.
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