JAPANESE ELECTRONICS MAKER Panasonic has temporarily closed two of its factories in China after they were attacked by anti-Japan protesters over the weekend.
The firm said that its plant in Qingdao will remain closed until tomorrow and that it will continue to review the situation in the upcoming days.
Panasonic spokesman Atsushi Hinoki told Reuters in Tokyo that another plant in China was also closed after several workers "sabotaged" operations in the factory.
The attacks are part of wider protests that have spread across China after Japan announced that it had agreed to buy a chain of disputed islands in the East China Sea, named Diaoyu in Chinese and Senakuin in Japanese, from their private Japanese owner.
China has always claimed sovereignty over the uninhabited islands, which are said to be rich in resources and have caused much dispute between the two countires for many years. The issue flared up again at the weekend after Japan announced the deal, which lead to street protests in China.
It has also been widely reported that Japanese firm Canon has taken similar action, suspending operations at three of its Chinese factories. µ