Justin McCurrySeptember 18, 2012 05:52
TOKYO – Protests have spread to about 100 cities. Japanese companies have shuttered factories and warned expatriates to avoid demonstrations for their own safety. Thousands of people had gathered outside the Japanese embassy in Beijing by early afternoon, but were vastly outnumbered by police and paramilitary teams. And in an act of civic aggression, about 1,000 Chinese fishing vessels headed for the Japanese-held islands.