Panasonic plant in Shandong to resume full operations this month

JIJI

Panasonic Corp. said Thursday its electronic components plant in Qingdao, Shandong Province, is expected to return to full operation in mid-October after it was attacked by anti-Japanese protesters last month.

Two other Panasonic plants in China, one in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, and the other in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, returned to normal operations late last month after they suspended production due to the protests.

Plan for Tsingtao Jusco

JIJI

Aeon Co. said Thursday it plans to reopen a supermarket in the eastern Chinese city of Tsingtao in late November after it was looted by anti-Japanese protesters last month.

The amount of damage to the Jusco supermarket totaled some ¥700 million, including costs to repair broken refrigerated facilities and shelves, as well as looting, Aeon said.

The store in the Huangdao district has been closed since the protesters broke into it Sept. 15.

All other supermarkets and shopping malls operated by Aeon in China have returned to normal operations.

Aeon stressed it will continue to put priority on China despite concern about investment risks amid the tension over the Senkaku Islands.

Aeon remains committed to its expansion plan in China, a company spokesman said.