Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at his New Year's press conference in Ise, central Japan, in January. Photo: Kyodo via AP

Japan to the English-speaking world: call him Abe Shinzo, not Shinzo Abe

  • Diplomat says prime minister’s family name should come first, as with Chinese President Xi Jinping and South Korean President Moon Jae-in
  • Request issued ahead of series of important international events in Japan, including G20 summit and visit from US President Donald Trump
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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at his New Year's press conference in Ise, central Japan, in January. Photo: Kyodo via AP
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