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MOFA wants foreign press to say “Abe Shinzo” instead of “Shinzo Abe”

  • May 22, 2019
  • , Asahi, Nikkei
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Nikkei and Asahi took up press remarks made on Tuesday by Foreign Minister Kono. He reportedly said the ministry plans to ask the foreign media to use Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s surname first when citing his name. Explaining that when reporting on South Korean President Moon and Chinese President Xi, the foreign press customarily uses the last name ahead of the first name, Kono stressed that the Japanese premier should be referred to as Abe Shinzo, not Shinzo Abe. The foreign minister reportedly voiced hope that foreign media outlets will start referring to the prime minister as Abe Shinzo this year or next year to coincide with the G20 summit and the Tokyo Olympics.   

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