Japan to put surname first for Japanese names in English

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TOKYO (AP) - Japan wants to start using the traditional order for Japanese names in English in official documents, with family names first, a switch from the Westernised custom the country adopted more than a century ago.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

TOKYO - Japan wants to start using the traditional order for Japanese names in English in official documents, with family names first, a switch from the Westernised custom the country adopted more than a century ago.

The idea has been floated for years, most recently by foreign and education ministers in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ultra-conservative Cabinet. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Friday that he looked forward to go by Suga Yoshihide, as he is known in Japan.Japan adopted the first name first order for use with foreigners about 150 years ago as a way to modernise and internationalise itself.

 

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