Japanese Shut Down Chinese Plants

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.