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Controversial material on "comfort women" is being removed from a hotel in japan ahead of the 8th Asian Winter Games because of diplomatic issues

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Tokyo, Feb 16, 2017: Controversial material on “comfort women” that sparked diplomatic tension between Japan and South Korea is being removed from a hotel ahead of the 8th Asian Winter Games (AWG) in this country, a media report said.

The APA hotel is designated to host athletes during the AWG to be held in Sapporo and Obihiro between February 19 and 26.

The hotel recently sparked fury among Chinese and South Koreans for placing history-distorting books in its guest rooms, Xinhua news agency reported.

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The books, authored by Seiji Fuji, the pen name of APA Group CEO Toshio Motoya, has denied that the Nanjing Massacre and the forced recruitment of “comfort women” ever happened.

Comfort women were women and girls who were forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army in occupied territories before and during World War II.

The process of removing controversial books from its guest rooms has already started and will complete before the athletes check in, said Nabeshima, a staff of the organising committee.

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To save costs, the organising committee chose two local hotels as official designated hotels for the athletes, and the APA is one of them.

The Chinese Olympic Committee (COC) urged the organisers of Games to solve the “APA hotel problem” swiftly and properly.

The COC pointed out that the APA Group’s behaviour violates the rule 50 of the Olympic Charter, which stressed that the athletes should compete “without being drawn into political controversies”.

It also says that the competition should “provide a Games environment that lets athletes compete without distractions from divisive and emotional issues outside the world of sport.”

South Korea’s top sports body Korean Sport and Olympic Committee (KSOC) also demanded Japan not to accommodate its athletes taking part in the 2017 AWG in the right-wing Japanese hotel chain.

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The organising committee made arrangements for athletes from China and South Korea to stay in the Sapporo Prince Hotel during the games at the request of top sports bodies of the two countries.

The “Comfort Woman” statue near the Japanese Consulate in Busan, stoked old tensions between Japan and South Korea in January. The Comfort Woman is a silent reminder of the plight of hundreds of thousands of women forced into sexual slavery by Japan during World War II. (IANS)

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)