Japanese Politician Takes On The Economist


A senior Japanese politician is protesting a recent cover from the Asian version of The Economist (pictured). Tetsundo Iwakuni, a member of the Diet representing the Democratic Party of Japan, took offense to a February magazine cover that called the country “Japain” and compared it to a flag burning:

“I strenuously object to the title on the cover of your Asia edition, “Japain”. Japan is the official name of our nation, registered and acknowledged by the United Nations and other international bodies. It is completely outrageous that you combined the word for our nation with “pain”. You made fun of our respected nation’s name on a cover that is sold on newsstands all over the region. This conduct is equal to burning a national flag, which is base and inconsiderate. No nation’s name should be treated like this.”