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Georgia asked Japan to call it in English manner2009-03-25 12:02
Official Tbilisi turned to Japan with a request to call the country not "Grudzia" but "Georgia" - the Foreign Ministry of Japan - ITAR TASS.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to the press service of the Foreign Ministry of Japan, the request was uttered by Grigol Vashadze, the Foreign Minister of Georgia, on March 10th , during the negotiations.
As Vashadze noted in the talk with his Japanese counterpart Hirofumi Nakasone, the word "Grudzia" is borrowed from Russian [in Russian Georgia is called Gruzia], and the present-day Tbilisi doesn't like it. At the same time, according to the source, Vashadze also asked not to use the word "Sakartvelo"[name of Georgia in Georgian] in Japan.
The fact of the request to use term "Georgia" was confirmed by a representative of Georgian embassy in Tokyo. He noted that the Foreign Ministry of Japan sees no problem in this change and considers the issue now.
The Foreign Ministry of Japan itself says that nothing has been decided upon the change of the name yet. The representative of the press service of the Ministry only said they are thinking how to react on the issue and used the term ‘Grudzia" in his speech.
It's worthy noticing that in order to change the name of some foreign country in Japan, amendments in the respective law must be made, and it is no easy procedure.