Japanese Hotel Group APA faces Chinese Boycott

Published on : Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Japan hotelierTour operators in China have been requested by China’s tourism administration to split from a Japanese hotel chain followed by a denial of the 1937 massacre by Japanese army in the Chinese city of Nanjing.


A major uproar on books written by Toshio Motoya, president of Tokyo-based hotel and real estate developer APA Group, that speaks about his revisionist views which are available on every room of 400 hotels that the Japanese hotel chain has. Motoya in his pen name Seiji Fuji says that Nanjing Massacre was impossible. To quote Motoya, “These acts were all said to be committed by the Japanese army, but this is not true.”

Zhang Lizhong, spokesman on behalf of The China National Tourism Administration, vehemently protested against the provocative act of the APA Group. To Quote Zhang, “We demand that all operators with international tours and online platforms completely stop all cooperation with this hotel.” Zhang said in a statement on the body’s website, “We call on Chinese groups and the many tourists that visit Japan to resist APA’s wrong approach and avoid spending money at this hotel.”


However, APA did not respond to the request right away. Xinhua news agency calls this incident, “only the tip of the iceberg of Japan’s ultra-right wing’s efforts to revise the nation’s war history.”

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