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!”


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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