Muji’s China subsidiary corrects map with wrong borders

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/1/30 21:13:40

Muji (Shanghai) Co, a subsidiary of Japanese retailer Ryohin Keikaku Co (known as Muji), has confirmed that there was a "map problem" incident involving one of its product catalogues, with some borders and Chinese islands missing. The company said on Tuesday it had corrected the error.

The National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation announced eight typical "map problem" incidents concerning the absence of some important islands such as the Diaoyu Islands and South China Sea Islands, the Xinhua News Agency reported on Monday.

One of Muji's fall/winter furniture catalogues for 2017 was among those cases. The map on the catalogue included inaccurate country borders and excluded the Diaoyu Islands, including Chiwei Islet.

Muji confirmed the incident to the Global Times on Tuesday and said the company had contacted the bureau of urban planning in Southwest China's Chongqing and made appropriate corrections.

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said at a press conference on Friday that it was strongly dissatisfied about the opening of an exhibition in Tokyo to showcase Japan's claim to the Diaoyu Islands, reiterating China's ownership of the islands, according to the ministry's website.

Since the beginning of this year, some foreign companies have apologized for misconduct in listing some Chinese provinces and regions as independent countries.

Spanish clothing and accessories retailer Zara, US medical device maker Medtronic and Delta Airlines apologized on January 12 for listing China's island of Taiwan as a "country."

This followed an incident in which global hotel chain Marriott International listed China's Tibet Autonomous Region as a country in an email sent to its members.

Muji operates more than 700 stores around the globe, selling 7,000 products ranging from clothing to groceries, according to the company's website.

Ryohin Keikaku posted net profit increase of 16 percent year-on-year for the March-November period to 23.2 billion yen ($207 million), Nikkei Asian Review reported on January 11.


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