• Kyodo


Rocks, plastic bottles and broken eggs littered the Japanese Embassy compound in Beijing on Sunday as officials started picking up the pieces from Saturday’s anti-Japanese rally in the capital, according to a group of Japanese media allowed to view the damage.

The embassy’s windows were cracked, as were the panes on the double doors of its main entrance, according to the group.

Objects seen in the compound included about 70 plastic bottles and over 100 stones, bricks and hunks of concrete, some about 15 cm in diameter.

Several tomatoes lay splattered on the ground, along with splashes of dark blue ink found on the premises.

On Saturday, at least 10,000 Chinese protesters marched en masse through Beijing’s streets and threw rocks at the embassy and the Japanese ambassador’s residence, accusing Japan of distorting its wartime past and urging a boycott of Japanese products.

The Chinese authorities initially refused to let the media group enter the embassy for security reasons. They were later let in after the size of the group was reduced.

The embassy was surrounded by over 100 police officers, but no protests were seen near the embassy Sunday.

Japanese Embassy spokesman Keiji Ide, meanwhile, said that an anti-Japanese protest was also held in front of a shopping mall operated by Ito-Yokado Co. in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, on Saturday afternoon.

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