Japan Refuses To Call Georgia By New Name

JAPAN REFUSES TO CALL GEORGIA BY NEW NAME

PanARMENIAN.Net
July 1, 2011 – 16:36 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Japan has refused a request by Georgian authorities
to change the official name of Georgia in Japanese, Russian-based
Itar-Tass news agency reported citing its source in the Central and
Caucasus department of Japan’s Foreign Ministry.

Tbilisi has sought to have the country’s name in Japanese analogous
to its English-language version: “Georgia.” Probably the issue lies in
its written version, since the name is heard as “Georgia” when spoken,
Itar-Tass said.

Georgia has officially appealed to other countries as well with similar
requests. The South Caucasus state was also turned down by Lithuania
(the state language commission, having examined the issue, concluded
that changing the traditional name of Georgia in the Lithuanian
language is unnecessary). On the contrary, South Korea met the request.

It should be noted that it is the English-language version of the name
(“Georgia”) and not the Georgian-language version (“Sakartvelo”) that
is being offered as an alternative to the Russian-language version
(“Gruziya”).

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