David Blecken
Feb 17, 2017

Why APA's anti-Semitism is no big deal in Japan

The president of the hotel and real estate company has a knack for upsetting Chinese and Jewish people. But it's unlikely to do the brand much damage at home.

Perhaps not as pleasant as it could be. (APA)

In a famous scene in Fawlty Towers, a British comedy series from the 1970s about a blundering hotelier, the lead character played by John Cleese reminds himself repeatedly not to “mention the war” while speaking to German guests, inadvertently proceeding to mention it in every sentence.

Cleese’s character appears to have inspired Toshio Motoya, the president of APA Group, a large Japanese hotel and real estate company. Motoya first came under fire in January...

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