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12 Jul, 2014

Lotte Hotel refuses to hold party by Japanese embassy

In the latest sign of tension between South Korea and Japan, the luxury Lotte Hotel in Seoul has refused to hold a reception by the Japanese embassy to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Japan Self-Defense Forces.

Hotel officials said the party, which was scheduled for Friday night and which is usually held each year at the Lotte, was canceled Thursday in the interest of public safety, the Sankei Shimbun reported. It quoted a hotel spokesperson as saying they had received threats and protests for agreeing to host the party, and were concerned about demonstrations. The reception will now be held at the Japanese embassy.

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