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Exclusive Japan bar sues website for unwanted publicity

Published on Feb 20, 2014 3:09 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - An exclusive Japanese bar is suing a foodie website, arguing that unwanted publicity from a review is damaging its operational strategy of being little-known and hard to find, reports said on Thursday.

The bar in the western city of Osaka, which was not named in reports, has asked the wildly popular Tabelog website to take down a client review and photos of the establishment.

But the operators of the site, which claims to have around 53 million users a month, refused the request, arguing that the review is covered by the right to freedom of expression, the Asahi Shimbun and the Nikkei business daily said.

The bar, which threw open its nondescript doors in 2010, has no sign outside saying what it is or what it does. It requires known customers and their guests to ring a doorbell and ask staff to unlock an iron door from inside.

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