Photo/IllutrationThe Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, which are called the Diaoyu Islands in China (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

BEIJING--Japan's Muji retail chain was forced to pull a catalog in China that left the disputed Senkaku Islands off a map after receiving a complaint from Chinese authorities.

China’s official Xinhua news agency reported Jan. 30 that Beijing took exception to the map included in Muji's furniture catalog for autumn and winter 2017.

The catalog was distributed in China by Muji stores, operated by Ryohin Keikaku Co. in Tokyo.

Ryohin Keikaku said it has scrapped the catalog after receiving a directive from Chinese officials in October.

The Senkaku Islands, a group of five uninhabited islets in the East China Sea, are administered by Japan but claimed by China, which calls them the Diaoyu Islands.

“There were expressions that could lead to misunderstandings," said a Ryohin Keikaku official. "We have taken what was pointed out seriously.”

When asked about Beijing's anger over the catalog, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference in Tokyo on Jan. 31 that Japan cannot accept measures based on China's unilateral assertions.

He said Japan lodged a protest with the Chinese government through a diplomatic channel the previous day.

Beijing noted several problems with the map, including that China’s border is mistakenly drawn; the Senkaku Islands, as well as islands in the South China Sea that China considers its territory, are not shown; and Hainan Island in China's southernmost province is drawn in a different color from China.

The administration of President Xi Jinping launched a nationwide campaign to crack down on "problematic maps" in August as the country is trying to enhance public awareness concerning its sovereignty and territories.

Apart from Muji, Beijing also pointed out problems with books and terrestrial globes produced by Chinese companies.