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Japanese hotel chain's books denying Nanjing Massacre spark criticism in China

SHANGHAI -- Criticism is building in China over the placement of books denying the Nanjing Massacre in all rooms of hotels run by the Tokyo-based APA Group.

    APA hotels have been commonly used by Chinese tourists, but the operator's placement of the books in rooms is already causing repercussions, with at least one major travel agency avoiding the hotels.

    The APA Group runs about 400 hotels in Japan and abroad. At the center of the problem is a book written by the group's President Toshio Motoya, in English and Japanese. It suggests that the Nanjing massacre was a Chinese fabrication.

    A video criticizing the book was uploaded online on Jan. 15, and has been viewed over 78 million times.

    China is preparing for its busiest travel season from Jan. 27 with the approach of the Chinese Lunar New Year, but on the website of one major travel operator, APA Group hotels could not be found in search results. A representative of the president's office said the group was not considering changing its handling of the issue.

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