Japan’s Kinki University plans to change its English name

Japan’s Kinki University plans to change its English name

What’s in a name?

If it’s Kinki University, probably more than was intended.

Which is why the school has finally decided to change it.

Kinki University, a prestigious institution of higher learning located in the Kinki area of western Japan that includes the major industrial city of Osaka, said this week it would change its official English name to Kindai University because of the undesirable connotations its current name suggests to English speakers.

The name “can sound like ‘kinky,’ and we have continuously discussed changing it,” the university said in a statement released Tuesday. The change will take effect in April 2016 to accompany the opening of a new international studies faculty.

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