Japanese cosmetics maker apologises for ‘No Chinese Allowed’ sign

A MAJOR Japanese cosmetics maker has apologised after a photo of a sign barring Chinese people from one of its stores went viral on Chinese social media last week.

Pola, which has more than 4,000 outlets in Japan and is eyeing the China market, said the guilty party would be punished for posting the offensive handwritten sign which reads: "No entry by Chinese people" in Japanese.

The store in question, which is located in Aichi Prefecture, has been closed.