Japan hotel chain under fire over denial of Rape of Nanking

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  • A man walks past the entrance of an Apa Hotel in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. The fast-growing Japanese hotel chain is facing criticism over a book penned by the hotel’s owner that says the Rape of Nanking was fabricated. APA Group, a Tokyo-based land developer and operator of 400-plus hotels, drew fire for spreading the revisionist views of company president Toshio Motoya by putting the books in hotel guestrooms and also selling them. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    A man walks past the entrance of an Apa Hotel in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. The fast-growing Japanese hotel chain is facing criticism over a book penned by the hotel’s owner that says the Rape of Nanking was fabricated. APA Group, a Tokyo-based ... land developer and operator of 400-plus hotels, drew fire for spreading the revisionist views of company president Toshio Motoya by putting the books in hotel guestrooms and also selling them. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) (The Associated Press)

  • An Apa Hotel stands in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. The fast-growing Japanese hotel chain is facing criticism over a book penned by the hotel’s owner that says the Rape of Nanking was fabricated. APA Group, a Tokyo-based land developer and operator of 400-plus hotels, drew fire for spreading the revisionist views of company president Toshio Motoya by putting the books in hotel guestrooms and also selling them. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    An Apa Hotel stands in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. The fast-growing Japanese hotel chain is facing criticism over a book penned by the hotel’s owner that says the Rape of Nanking was fabricated. APA Group, a Tokyo-based land developer and ... operator of 400-plus hotels, drew fire for spreading the revisionist views of company president Toshio Motoya by putting the books in hotel guestrooms and also selling them. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) (The Associated Press)

  • Men walk past an Apa Hotel in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. The fast-growing Japanese hotel chain is facing criticism over a book penned by the hotel’s owner that says the Rape of Nanking was fabricated. APA Group, a Tokyo-based land developer and operator of 400-plus hotels, drew fire for spreading the revisionist views of company president Toshio Motoya by putting the books in hotel guestrooms and also selling them. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Men walk past an Apa Hotel in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. The fast-growing Japanese hotel chain is facing criticism over a book penned by the hotel’s owner that says the Rape of Nanking was fabricated. APA Group, a Tokyo-based land developer and ... operator of 400-plus hotels, drew fire for spreading the revisionist views of company president Toshio Motoya by putting the books in hotel guestrooms and also selling them. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) (The Associated Press)

A fast-growing Japanese hotel chain is facing criticism over a book penned by the hotel's owner that says the Rape of Nanking was fabricated.

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APA Group, a Tokyo-based land developer and operator of 400-plus hotels, drew fire for spreading the revisionist views of company president Toshio Motoya by putting the books in hotel guestrooms and also selling them.

China has lodged a complaint, but APA says it stands by its owner's views.

The issue surfaced Monday when contributors KatAndSid posted a video on a social networking site describing the English version of "Theoretical Modern History," a book Motoya wrote under the penname Seiji Fuji.

The video shows passages from the book calling the 1937 massacre an "imaginary" event concocted by China to blame Japan.