Japan hotel chain compromises on right-wing books

Society & Culture

Top society and culture news for January 25, 2017. Part of the daily SupChina news roundup "A boost for family doctors, and missiles speculation."

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  • APA pledges to remove right-wing books after threat of China boycott / Xinhua
    On January 15, two guests staying at an APA chain hotel in Japan uploaded a video on Weibo showing books placed in hotel rooms that deny the Nanjing Massacre. The video went viral on Chinese social media, with many netizens demanding a boycott of the hotel chain. APA’s CEO refused to apologize and remove the books, after which the Chinese government ordered domestic travel agencies and websites to avoid the hotel chain. APA agreed Wednesday to remove the books from rooms of its hotel designated for athletes of the 8th Asian Winter Games in Sapporo. This was not enough for most Chinese online commentators: typical comments are “What about other rooms?” and “Too late. I will boycott it forever.” You can find much of the discussion (in Chinese) here.