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Wednesday, 29th August 2012
In General Japan News,

Japanese ambassador sees flag ripped from vehicle

A Japanese ambassador was travelling through Beijing when two cars forced his vehicle to a halt.

A man jumped out of one of the opposing cars and snatched the flag draped across the vehicle carrying Uichiro Niwa on Monday (August 27th).

While the ambassador was unscathed in the incident, Japan described the case as "regrettable". 

Japan's foreign minister Kochiro Gemba revealed to reporters that he planned to send a letter to the Chinese president Hu Jintao on behalf of the nation's premier.

"It was very regrettable - the national flag shows the country's dignity and it's a principle of international law that you should respect it," Mr Gemba said.

According to the Chinese news agency Xinhua, the authorities are "seriously investigating" the incident.

Tension between the two countries has been mounting over the disputed islands in the East China Sea.

In Japan, the islands are known as Senaku, while the Chinese refer to them as Diaoyu.

While China argues the islands have been part of its territory since ancient times, Japan controls them. 

Posted by Mark Smith