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Tensions over disputed islands escalates


Some of Japan's most well-known companies shuttered their factories and stores across China on Monday as the country braced for the biggest anti-Japanese protests in years as tensions over disputed islands continued to escalate.

Authorities have warned Japanese businesses to suspend operations, with tens of thousands of Chinese expected to take to the streets on Tuesday, which also marks the sensitive 81st anniversary of the Japanese occupation of China — an event that still evokes strong passions here.