Japanese Businesses in China Close

    Chinese demonstraters carry anti-Japan banners and shout slogans during a protest over the Diaoyu islands issue, known as the Senkaku islands in Japan, in Chongqing on September 16, 2012. Thousands of anti-Japanese demonstrators mounted protests in cities across China on September 16 over disputed islands in the East China Sea, a day after an attempt to storm Tokyo's embassy in the capital. CHINA OUT     AFP PHOTO        (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Protests are flaring up across China and Japanese businesses are closing their doors as tensions escalate between the two countries, which are quarreling over control of an island chain. Japanese businesses including Panasonic, Canon, Honda, Mazda, and Toyota suspended their Chinese operations as tens of thousands of Chinese demonstrated in more than 50 cities. Almost 200 7-Eleven stores shut their doors, while clothing retailer Uniqlo also closed down its shops. As protests raged Tuesday, about 1,000 Chinese fishing boats neared the island chain (which is controlled by Japan and which China also claims sovereignty over) in an act of defiance.

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