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Japanese watchmaker's mass layoff stirs China backlash fears

Former employees gather outside Citizen's factory to protest the closure on Feb. 10.

GUANGZHOU/SHANGHAI -- When Japanese wristwatch maker Citizen abruptly shuttered its watch-parts factory in the southeastern Chinese city of Guangzhou in early February, nearly 1,000 workers there lost their jobs.

     The blunt nature of the closure, unusual for a Japanese company, sparked a backlash not only from Chinese people, but also from other Japanese businesses operating in China who fear the move may direct anger in their direction, too. 

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