The guidebook, titled “One Book Enough for Travel to Japan,” was published by Dalian University of Technology Press. Chinese netizens found on Sunday that its cover featured a picture of the notorious Yasukuni Shrine, where World War II Class-A war criminals are honored, is a spiritual tool and symbol of the wars of aggression launched by Japanese militarists.
The first version of the guidebook was published on August 1, 2014. It introduces tourist attractions of major Japanese cities and provides guides for driving routes, local delicacies, as well as information about shopping, transportation and accommodation.
As of Monday afternoon, the book had already been removed from several online bookstores including bookuu.com and dangdang.com. Other guidebooks from the publishing house including “One Book Enough for Travel to South Korea” are still available online, according to Chao News.
Sales of relevant books were suspended and the publishing house has withdrawn or destroyed all remaining copies, and responsible personnel will take the blame, Dalian University of Technology Press said on Tuesday. The publishing house in Northeast China’ Liaoning Province conceded that there were failures in content review and moderation, including picture selection.
The incident has exposed a “serious problem” in publishing management and the publishing house will seriously investigate the responsibility of the relevant personnel, Dalian University of Technology Press said. It will take an important lesson from these events, and will focus on the book quality and prevent similar cases from occurring in the future.