Violent anti-Japanese demonstrations in China continue to plague Japanese companies doing business there, with some warning it could become "difficult" to invest in the country.
"I'm worried about employees' safety and stress. All we can do now is patiently wait for the end of this situation," said the general manager of China operations for a major Japanese food company based in Shanghai.
Meanwhile, French supermarket chain Carrefour SA, which operates stores in Shanghai, cleared its shelves of many products from Japanese companies--including those of the food company whose manager expressed worry about employees' safety.
Because anti-Japan rally participants targeted Japanese products in some cases, an increasing number of retailers have attempted to defend themselves by refraining from selling Japanese products.
A senior Chinese Commerce Ministry official expressed his understanding of moves to boycott Japanese products and Japanese-affiliated companies at a press conference, further worsening the sales environment for Japanese products.
This Monday, members of the seminal metal band X Japan were in Odaiba rubbing shoulders with the likes of Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga and AKB48′s Yuko Oshima. The catch? They were all made out of wax. (Japan Times )
The parents of a nightclub worker killed in an arson fire three years ago filed a suit in the Nagoya District Court on Monday seeking damages against top members of the Yamaguchi-gumi organized crime group. (Tokyo Reporter )
Kyodo News said Monday that it has dismissed Satoshi Kondo, 51, deputy chief of its general administration bureau and former personnel affairs division chief, for meeting individually with a female student searching for a job and doing an inappropriate act.
(Jiji Press )