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'Kinki' university to change its name

While the word stands for a region in Japan, it is a synonym for ‘pervert’ in English. The dean says he has had enough foreigners giggling at the name

Japan: Kinki University is going straight. The Japanese school announced it is changing its name. Dean Hitoshi Shiozaki told outlets he has had enough of foreigners giggling at the name.

Kinki is an actual region in Japan, but no matter. “The word ‘kinky’ also means perverted,” he said. “We have no other choice than changing the English name because we are serious about pursuing a more international school culture.”

The campus is being renamed Kindai University a combo of ‘Kinki’ and ‘Daigaku’ (university). The new name will take effect in 2016. The school was founded in 1949 and has become one of the largest universities in western Japan, with three teaching hospitals.

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