Japanese and Chinese employees working for a Japanese-affiliated firm in China were attacked by a group of Chinese and injured at a Japanese restaurant in Shanghai, it has been learned.
According to the Japanese Consulate General in the city and other sources, the employees were having a meal at the restaurant Thursday night. They were chatting at the table in Japanese when a group of four or five Chinese confronted them, purportedly because they were annoyed with the language. One of the Chinese threw a beer bottle at the diners, and the Chinese group began beating and kicking them.
During the assault, a Chinese employee of the Japanese-affiliated firm suffered a hand wound when slashed with a knife, while some of the Japanese employees sustained minor injuries.
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