In last week’s _The Economist_ the Director of the International Bureau for the Democratic Party of Japan wrote in to criticise one of the magazine’s covers, pictured below.
bq. You made fun of our respected nation’s name on a cover that is sold on newsstands all over the region. This conduct is equal to burning a national flag, which is base and inconsiderate. No nation’s name should be treated like this.
(See “Japanese Politics”:http://www.economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10838113 a third down the page for the full letter.)
Is he having a “black van” moment? What’s the big deal? It’s art! Is this guy writing in to every newspaper that publishes a political cartoon that makes fun of the Japanese? The only possible criticism of this cover that I can see is the stroke order is wrong. The director should be ashamed of this pettiness.