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Chinese sentiment toward Japan sours on eve of diplomatic milestone

Japanese-style festivals canceled as tensions heighten over Taiwan

Beijing held a photo exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties between China and Japan in June. (Photo by Tsukasa Hadano)

BEIJING -- Anti-Japanese sentiment is on the rise again in China even as the two countries are set to mark the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties this September.

A mural in a Beijing subway station meant to depict an old-fashioned Beijing market stoked controversy in July over its style, which some said looked too similar to Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints. Some critics argued that the subjects looked Japanese rather than Chinese.

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