Eric Johnston “Apa under fire again, this time for anti-Semitic remarks” http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/02/14/national/apa-fire-time-anti-semitic-remarks/
In the February edition of the group’s magazine Apple Town, provided to guests at Canada’s Coast Hotels, Apa Hotels founder Toshio Motoya is quoted as saying: “Jewish people control American information, finance, and laws, and they benefit greatly from globalization because they move their massive profits to tax havens so they don’t have to pay any taxes. Many Jewish people support the Democratic Party.”
The real estate entrepreneur made the comments in an article bearing the subtitle: “An American counteroffensive against Jewish globalism.” This was part of an interview under the broader title of “Trump’s Presidency is an Opportunity for Constitutional Reform,” focused on the election of U.S. president Donald Trump and what it means for Japan.
Motoya was forced to issue a statement after Jewish groups in Canada demanded that Coast Hotels, owned by the APA Group, remove the offending material. The hotel chain got rid of the magazines and apologized while Motoya issued a statement that was posted on the website of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver.
“It is very unfortunate that my writings gave you an erroneous impression that I hold anti-Semitic beliefs,” Motoya said.
Debby Shoctor, chief executive officer of The Jewish Federation of Edmonton, said in an email to The Japan Times that she did not believe Motoya’s apology was sincere.
“He seems to be a Japanese apologist and to think that Japan is superior to other countries in the world, and that the Japanese are superior,” she said.
Rabbi David Kunin, who heads the Jewish Community of Japan center in Tokyo, expressed concern about Motoya’s comments.
“It’s very disturbing to see this kind of anti-Semitic literature coming out of Japan. I know that Jews everywhere are concerned by these kinds of accusations,” he said.