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Japanese general names;surname comes first or second?

Discussion in 'Leaders of World War 2' started by Garuda, Oct 6, 2020.

  1. Garuda

    Garuda New Member

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    I'm currently making a home made animation about WW2. There is one general in particular that I will mention in it and that is Yasuji Okamura. But his surname is Okamura and I think that Japanese names mention the surname first although this general is more well known with being called Yasuji Okamura. And not Okamura Yasuji. I know very well that Chinese names use the surname first when mentioning generals but which name should I use first when it comes to mentioning Japanese general names in video clips?
     
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    Depends on what your target audience is Western, Japanese or Chinese?
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    I have worked with a lot of Japanese over the years, I think it's polite to use their format. A note at the beginning to explain this to "Western" readers would be a good idea and would inform some people of the proper format.
     
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    Ok.I'll use Okamura Yasuji. But I can't reshoot the opeing credits so that will have to remain with as "Yasuji Okamura".
     
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    It's not a life or death matter.
     
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    It is curious that we render most other Asian names correctly, even of enemies like Kim Jong Un or Mao Zedong but reverse Japanese names, for example Shinzo Abe.
     

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