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The Lotte Hotel, one of the largest luxury hotels in Seoul, has decided against hosting a regularly held reception organized by the Japanese Embassy to commemorate the establishment of the Self-Defense Forces out of fear of demonstrations, a hotel source said.

Meanwhile, the War Memorial of Korea has canceled an exhibition of the popular Japanese manga “One Piece,” which had been scheduled to start Saturday, citing a drawing similar to the Rising Sun flag — considered a symbol of Japan’s aggression in South Korea — appearing in the original series.

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