Izumiya store in China laments cost of anti-Japan protests

October 03, 2012

By KOHEI KONDO/ Staff Writer

Violent anti-Japan protesters who stormed an Izumiya Co. department store in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, rang up 100 million yen ($1.3 million) in damage, the company said.

Insurance will cover most of the loss, its president said.

"I was shocked because I had heard people in the region were friendly toward Japan," Toshihiro Sakata told a news conference Oct. 2. "We will have to take the political situation into account, but we hope to continue opening more stores."

The Osaka-based company operates a chain of supermarkets in Japan. In September last year, it opened its first outlet in China, an upscale department store in the southeastern city of Suzhou. The store is spread over five floors, including one underground.

On Sept. 15, a mob on the sidelines of anti-Japan protests entered the first floor, destroying goods inside and smashing windows.

The company counted 35 million yen in damage to the building, to products and to other properties.

But the mob caused a further 34 million yen damage to independent sections operated by cosmetics, apparel and other brands, Izumiya said.

Furthermore, lost trade amounted to about 30 million yen for the four days it took to tidy up and reopen the store. Its doors opened again on Sept. 19.

Izumiya said other floors remained undamaged because when authorities gave advance warning of anticipated protests, managers decided to close fire shutters.

It is expected that repairs will be complete by the end of this month.

Anti-Japan protests swept China after Japan moved to put three of the disputed Senkaku Islands under state ownership on Sept. 11.

By KOHEI KONDO/ Staff Writer
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Anti-Japan protesters take to the street in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, on Sept. 15. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

Anti-Japan protesters take to the street in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, on Sept. 15. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

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