United States President Donald Trump (left) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the former’s recent visit to Japan. Photo: Kyodo
Wee Kek Koon
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Shinzo Abe or Abe Shinzo? The complex cultural politics of Asian names

After Japan’s foreign minister requested the Western world follow Japanese naming convention, a look back at the ‘civilised’ associations of a surname

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United States President Donald Trump (left) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the former’s recent visit to Japan. Photo: Kyodo
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