A mayor in a small town in Japan has become internet famous for his name, which is pronounced as “Jo Baiden” in kanji (Chinese characters).
What’s in a name? Yutaka Umeda, 73, is the mayor of Yamato, Kumamoto Prefecture, which has a population of only 15,000 but has gained recognition on the internet after Joe Biden was projected to be the winner of the U.S. presidential election last week.
The mayor’s last name is read as “ume” and “da,” which mean “plum” and “rice field,” according to Kyodo News.
But the characters can also be read as “bai” and “den.”
The kanji character for his first name, Yutaka, is usually read as “jo.”
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