Toyota and Nissan have scaled back their production in China.
According to the BBC, the Japanese automotive manufacturers have differing reasons for cutting their operations in the Asian superpower, with Toyota reducing output due to a slowdown in demand.
Nissan – which is the largest Japanese carmaker in Japan – stated that production would stop from Thursday, three days earlier than a planned holiday closure.
The decision from these automotive giants follows anti-Japanese demonstrations across China that have led to many Japanese companies ceasing their operations.
These demonstrations have resulted from a dispute over islands in the East China Sea.
At 09:50 BST, all the major Asia Pacific indices were lower, with the Nikkei 225 in Tokyo closing two per cent down to 8906.70 points, the Shanghai SSE Composite retreating 0.1 per cent to 2029.29 points and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong slipping 0.8 per cent to 20526.13 points.
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