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February 5, 2017, Tokyo, Japan: A group of peace activists, heavily shielded by Tokyo Metropolitan Police officers, march through a demonstration of ultra-right wingers angered by APA Hotel’s planned removal of a controversial history revisionist book from hotel rooms hosting athletes of the 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games. This took place in front of the hotel chain’s Shinjuku Gyoen-mae branch. The book in question written by Toshio Motoya, the hotel chain’s Chief Executive, claims the 1937 Nanjing Massacre was a fabrication. Writing under the pen name Seiji Fuji, Motoya’s book entitled “Theoretical Modern History II” is placed in every APA Hotel room in Japan and sold at their reception desks. The Tokyo based APA Hotel group is one of the largest hotel chains in Japan with over 400 hotels across the country. In the past 2-3 years APA has benefitted from a tourism boom to Japan in which 40% of their guests are foreign visitors and half that amount are Chinese and Korean nationals. As a result, China and Korea have been outraged by APA and a large boycott began in late January by both countries. This led to APA announcing they would pull Motoya’s books from athlete’s rooms only during the Asian Winter Games, infuriating Japanese right wingers. The demonstrators at this event are part of a group who call themselves “Group of Warriors Protecting the Nation” (Gokoku Shishi no Kai). Photo by Torin Boyd.
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