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Japan Demands Investigation After Attack on China Envoy’s Car

Japan demanded an investigation after assailants in Beijing blocked an official car carrying its envoy to China and snatched a Japanese flag, amid escalating tension over islands claimed by both nations.

Two vehicles stopped Ambassador Uichiro Niwa’s car around 4 p.m. yesterday and a man jumped out and took the flag, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told reporters today in Tokyo. The government lodged a protest, and Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is sending a letter to Chinese authorities, he said.