Japan tells the world that it has wrongly said the name of its Prime Minister Abe Shinzo – 13 years after he took office
- Minister of Foreign Affairs reminds the world that we have been wrong for more than ten years
- According to the Japanese convention, surnames are given for first names and written
- The Minister of Education urges all government agencies to also use family names first
What's the name of the Japanese Prime Minister? Chances are that even international politicians and trivia buffs have done that wrong for 13 years.
Tokyo takes the opportunity to start the new Reiwa era (beautiful harmony) that began this month with the coronation of Emperor Naruhito to ask media in the rest of the world to name the leader they named Shinzo Abe his correct name, Abe Shinzo.
& # 39; I intend to ask international media organizations to do this, & # 39; said Foriegn minister Taro Kono.
Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, whose name Foriegn minister Taro Kono says the world has been saying wrong for more than a decade
& # 39; Domestic media that have English services should also think about it & # 39 ;, the foreign minister added.
According to the Japanese convention, someone's last name appears on his first name, just like in China or Korea – where foreign journalists seem to have no problem getting the names of politicians and celebrities right.
Education Minister Masahiko Shibayama said his department would encourage all government agencies to use family names first.
Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo nails a beaver that he bought on his doorpost as a souvenir in Canada
But Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the problem was less clear.
& # 39; There are many factors to take into account, including convention, & # 39; he said.
Abe had his first stint as PM from 2006-2007, before being re-elected to the notoriously unstable post at the head of the Japanese government in 2012.
International reporters and editors have in the meantime named the right names, such as Chinese President Xi Jinping, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un, the Chairman of the North Korean State Committee.
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