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Lotte Hotels Cancellation of Venue for Japanese National Day Causes Big Confusion
Venue Changed Suddenly to Envoys Residence
Japanese Ambassador to Seoul Bessho Koro (ܬ)

Lotte Hotel notified the Japanese Embassy in Seoul of its cancellation of Japanese national day event at the hotel out of concerns over the growing anti-Japanese sentiment among the local South Koreans, reported a local newspaper Dong-A Ilbo on July 10, 2014.

The Japanese national day event was scheduled to be held at Sapphire Ballroom on the third floor of the Lotte Hotel in Sogong-dong near Seoul City Hall at 6:30 p.m. on July 11, 2014.

The mass-circulation daily quoted a Lotte source as saying We notified the Japanese Embassy of our cancellation of the event because of the growing resentment among the Korean citizens over Japan.

The notification was delivered over to the Japanese Embassy only a few hours before the day the event will be held.

The newspaper reported that the Japanese Embassy will change the venue of the event from Lotte Hotel to the residence of the Japanese envoy in Seouls Seongbuk-dong area.

The source said that the hotel received so many complaints from the people even threats from some of them to blow off the hotel in case the Japanese event will be proceeded at the hotel as planned.

A day earlier Dong-A Ilbo reported about the event for Japan to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Self-Defense Forces in the middle of South Korean capital.

The report made a number of South Koreans angry over Japanese attitude toward history.

The hotel source said that the hotel has been under a mounting pressure and protest from the South Korean citizens angry over a series of Japanese governments behaviors over South Korea.

He said that the hotel was not clear about the nature of Japanese event initially and was very sorry about the South Korean people.

He added that the reservation for the Japanese event was made a year ago.

The hotel decided not to proceed with the Japanese event in order not to cause any possible inconveniences to its guests, according to the source.

Earlier the Japanese Embassy invited some 500 South Korean politicians and businesspeople as well as top foreign envoys serving in Seoul for the national day event.

The invitation was sent to some South Korean politicians amid the frozen bilateral ties between South Korea and Japan over the nationalistic steps recently taken by Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo (߲).

Dong-A Ilbo reported that many of the South Korean politicians opted not to attend the event out of concern for the spreading anti-Japanese sentiment among the local South Koreans.

The sudden change of the venue caused a huge confusion among the guests invited to the Japanese national day reception.

Internet users expressed their resentment over the report of Dong-A Ilbo that reads Japan will host its national day event to celebrate publicly the 60th anniversary of its forces in the middle of the capital of South Kora, the former victim of colonial Japan.

Some posted writings on the internet reading South Korean politicians should be punished sternly when they participate in the Japanese event.

Others read Japan still refuses to repent of their aggression over the Korean Peninsula.

Meanwhile, Japanese Embassy in Seoul was extremely displeased about the decision of Lotte Hotel, saying that it was in Japan in 1949 that Lotte Bussiness Group founder and Chairman Shin Kyuk-Ho (Takeo Shigemitsu) first establish his business.






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