A sign stating that the Senkaku islands are Chinese territory was placed at a store of Japanese retailer Uniqlo in Shanghai because the local police said so, according to the officials of the store.
The sign was placed in a display window on Saturday morning and it remained there until Chinese protesters passed by the store, Kyodo reported. The sign was placed at the strong direction of local police, the officials of the store explained.
The sign was photographed and, after the picture was posted online, many Japanese protested against its placement in the store. Fast Retailing, the owner of Uniqlo, received around 1,400 angry calls and e-mails by Wednesday.
Violent protests took place across China for several days after Japan announced it bought the disputed islets of Senkaku (called Diayou by China) from its private owners.