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The new Okura Tokyo has recognized the hallowed grounds on which it stands with a monument to the Chinese United League, whose guiding members chose Sun Yat-sen as their leader. (Nikkei Montage by AP/Ken Kobayashi)
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Tokyo's Hotel Okura was cradle of Chinese revolution

With help of Japanese supporters, Sun Yat-sen dreamed of a united Asia

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- When the iconic hotel Okura Tokyo reopened earlier this month after spending four years under construction cranes, a stone monument was quietly unveiled on the premises.

"The origins of the Chinese United League," the inscription reads.

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