Kyodo News breaks the news on what’s believed to be the first instances of physical harm inflicted on Japanese expats in China since the territorial dispute broke out:
A Japanese man had hot noodles thrown on his face while another had his eyeglasses snatched on a street in Shanghai as anti-Japanese sentiment surged in China over a territorial dispute in the East China Sea.
Shanghai is home to 56,000 Japanese long-term residents, the largest Japanese community in China.
Japanese diplomatic sources in Shanghai said the local Japanese consulate has received reports of six cases of unprovoked assaults involving Japanese nationals since Japan announced Tuesday that it has bought privately owned land on the disputed Senkaku Islands and put them under state control.
The hot noodle victim is said to have sustained injury to his eyes and is now undergoing treatment.