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Tokyo site of 1973 Kim Dae-jung abduction to pause hotel operations

Grand Palace, popular with overseas tourists, faced 70% decline in bookings

Then-South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, right, is welcomed by then-Japanese Emperor Akihito as he arrives at the Imperial Palace for a luncheon in 2002.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Hotel Grand Palace, where South Korean dissident leader Kim Dae-jung was kidnapped in 1973, will temporarily shut its doors in July, hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

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