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Tokyo hotel rapped for 'Japanese only' notice for elevator use

Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu intended to separate the flow of guests related to Olympics

A view of the Tokyo Big Site, which houses the Olympics Main Press Center and the International Broadcast Center, ahead of the Tokyo Summer Olympics.   © Reuters

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A hotel in central Tokyo has posted "Japanese only" and "foreigners only" notices in front of its elevators in an attempt to step up anti-coronavirus measures ahead of the Olympics, but removed them after facing criticism, hotel officials said Sunday.

Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu "had no intention to discriminate" against foreigners, and the notices were only intended to separate the flow of movements of guests related to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games from that of general guests, one of the officials said, adding, "We apologize for having caused misunderstanding."

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