1. TRADE

    Japanese Shut Down Chinese Plants

    Chinese protesters with the words "Boycott Japanese goods" on their shirts march towards the Japanese Embassy in Beijing, China, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.  Protesters in China have begun another day of demonstrations against Japan, after protests over disputed islands spread across numerous cities and at times turned violent.  (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    Ng Han Guan / AP Photo

    Japanese workers at factories in China have been encouraged to stay home Monday after a territorial dispute between the two countries led to violent demonstrations over the weekend. Firms shut down many plants in preparation for prolonged outrage sparked by a territorial dispute over a set of islands in the East China Sea claimed by both countries. The Japanese government moved to purchase the uninhabited islands last week, a decision that inspired talk of damaged trade relations in Chinese media. Many Japanese laborers in China said they would stay off the streets Monday and hope that tensions relax before going back to work.

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