The organizer of the Asian Winter Games in Japan next month has said a book denying the 1937 Nanking Massacre will be withdrawn from guest rooms at a hotel to be used as one of the athletes’ dormitories, according to South Korea’s national sports organization.
The China National Tourism Administration spokesman described APA Hotel Group’s decision to store the controversial book as an “an open provocation to Chinese tourists.”
“We demand that all operators with international tours and online platforms completely stop all cooperation with this hotel,” spokesman Zhang said.
He then also urged Chinese tourists, who are either vacationing or have plans to visit Japan, to completely boycott the hotel chain. The APA Hotel Group told CNN via mail that Chinese tourists have already started cancelling their reservations, but claimed the impact on its business has been minimum, arguing that booking by other foreign nationalities is continuing smoothly.
Last week, APA did not mince any words as it came in complete defence of the book, which is apparently written by its CEO Toshio Motoya.
“Although we acknowledge that historic interpretation and education vary among nations, please clearly understand that the book is not aimed to criticize any specific state or nation, but for the purpose of letting readers learn the fact-based true interpretation of modern history,” the hotel said.
The entire fiasco started as soon as videos of the controversial book went viral on Chinese Weibo, evoking widespread anger and criticism across Mainland China. The video was reportedly uploaded by two tourists who came across the book while their stay at one of the local APA Hotels in Japan.
The book bluntly states that China’s claim of 300,000 people dying in the ‘Nanjing Massacre’ is absolutely absurd. It based its argument on the rationale that the population of Nanjing city in 1937 was only 200,000, far less than the actual ‘death figure’ claimed by Chinese authorities.
‘Nanjing Massacre’ is a sore chapter in China- Japan relation, with former accusing Japan of perpetuating wartime aggression against its citizens. As per Beijing’s version, Japanese troops pounding of Nanjing city during the second Sino-Japanese war led to death of nearly 300,000 people. There were also claims that the Japanese army raped several Chinese women during the massacre.
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