Photo/IllutrationAn APA Group hotel in Tokyo (Hiroki Endo)

Only weeks before the Sapporo Asian Winter Games, organizers have been asked to find different lodging for the Chinese delegation due to a controversial history book that has been placed in their hotel rooms.

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and the Chinese Olympic Committee (COC) want the accommodations changed from the APA Group hotel in Sapporo for the games, to be held between Feb. 19 and 26.

The requests came in response to criticism raised in both China and South Korea over a book titled “The Real History of Japan,” which claims the 1937 Nanking Massacre never occurred.

Organizing committee officials informed both the OCA and COC that they were in the process of asking all hotels housing athletes during the Asian Winter Games not to place any publication of any kind in their rooms.

Organizing committee officials said they would continue discussing the need to change the hotel for the Chinese delegation with OCA officials.

The Korean Olympic Committee sent a letter on Jan. 25 to the Sapporo organizing committee asking that measures be taken so athletes can enjoy their stay in the hotel during the games.

Officials of the APA Group indicated they would comply with a formal request from the organizing committee to remove all publications, including the book in question, from its Sapporo hotel rooms.

The APA Hotel & Resort Sapporo, located in Minami Ward, is the main hotel for athletes and officials attending the Asian Winter Games. In addition, there is another hotel in Sapporo's Chuo Ward that will also accommodate athletes.