* Japanese embassy in Beijing suspends passport services
* Some 1,000 Chinese boats expected to arrive in waters near
* Japan Coast Guard patrol ships may clash with fishing
BEIJING/TOKYO, Sept 18 Hundreds of Japanese
businesses and the country's embassy suspended services in China
on Tuesday, expecting further escalation in violent protests
over a territorial dispute between Asia's two biggest economies.
China's worst outbreak of anti-Japan sentiment in decades
led to protests and attacks on Japanese companies such as car
makers Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co,
forcing them to halt operations and prompting Chinese state
media to warn that trade relations could deteriorate.
More protests are expected across China on Tuesday, which
marks the anniversary of Japan's 1931 occupation of parts of
Hundreds of protesters had gathered outside Japan's embassy
again on Tuesday, some throwing water bottles at the building,
which was protected by a heavy police presence, Reuters
Japan was also bolstering its defences around the disputed
East China Sea islands after state media reported a flotilla of
around 1,000 Chinese fishing boats was sailing towards them.
The Japanese coast guard said it has so far been unable to
confirm the arrival of the fishing boats, but it spotted one
Chinese fisheries patrol ship in waters near the disputed
islands shortly before 7 a.m. (2200 GMT)
The Japanese government has set up an information-gathering
operation to monitor the movements of the Chinese fishing boats.
China and Japan, which generated two-way trade of $345
billion last year, are arguing over the uninhabited islets in
the East China Sea, a long-standing dispute that erupted last
week when the Japanese government decided to nationalise some of
them, buying them from a private Japanese owner.
The weekend protests mainly targeted Japanese diplomatic
missions but also shops, restaurants and car dealerships in at
least five cities.
Toyota and Honda said arsonists had badly damaged their
stores in the eastern port city of Qingdao at the weekend.
On Tuesday, Toyota said it plans to halt operations at some
of its factories in China, Kyodo news agency reported.
Other major Japanese brandname firms announced similar
shutdowns on Monday and urged expatriates to stay indoors.