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GOJ to continue to refer to Ukrainian capital as “Kiev” in Japanese

  • March 16, 2022
  • , Yomiuri
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Yomiuri wrote that Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno told reporters on Tuesday that the GOJ has no intention at this point to change its current Japanese pronunciation of the name of the Ukrainian capital from キエフ (Kiev; pronounced “kee-e-fu” in Japanese), which is originated from Russian, to キーウ (Kyiv; pronounced “kee-u” in Japanese), which is based on the Ukrainian pronunciation. Matsuno reportedly said: “The name ‘Kyiv’ is not yet widely used in Japan. We haven’t heard from the Ukrainian side that there is a problem [with referring to the city in this way].” [Note: Although MOFA uses Kyiv in its English-language documents, it uses キエフ (Kiev) in Japanese documents.]


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