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Mislabeled Photo of Japanese Boy Marking Greek Language Day Irks Greeks

ATHENS – A photo of a Japanese boy at an event in 2020 linked to the Tokyo Olympics was put on social media – apparently using Artificial Intelligence – to mark Greek Language day this year, upsetting Greeks who said it wasn’t marked in Greece.

The photo, said Agence France-Presse, was put on Facebook and showed an elementary school student in Japan eating Greek food with a Greek flag on his desk, a comment saying the children “tasted Greek food and all the schools were filled with Greek flags!”

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It drew rebukes on social media about Greece not promoting the day.  “In our schools, they don’t even know about it!” said one. “We here didn’t have a clue and no-one in the media mentioned the issue,” said another. “In Greece and Cyprus did they do something in schools?” asked another.

Another critical post said: “In Greece, we didn’t get any news about the International Greek Language Day. Our Government is busy with the LGBTQI marriage.” The same-sex marriage bill passed Parliament.

The Editor-in-Chief of greecejapan.com, Junko Nagata, told AFP in an email that the photo was taken on June 30, 2020 by the Municipality of Misato in a primary school in the city and provided to the publication.

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