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Taste of Japan rejected: China's 'Little Kyoto' halts operation

Netizens call mock town a 'cultural invasion'

A Japan-themed shopping street in the Chinese city of Dalian has suspended operations after online criticism of Japanese cultural "invasion." (Photo by Shin Watanabe)

DALIAN, China -- A Japan-themed shopping, cultural and residential complex that opened less than two weeks ago in the northeastern Chinese city of Dalian has been ordered to suspend operations. 

Local authorities told the operators of "Tang Little Kyoto" to temporarily close its gates after Chinese netizens slammed the facility as a Japanese cultural "invasion." A reopening date is not clear. 

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