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Moomin sparks bizarre diplomatic row between Japan and Finland

HELSINKI and Tokyo have settled a bizarre diplomatic row over the cartoon character Moomin, sparked by a question in the Japanese university entrance exams last month. The cartoon characters – which resemble hippopotamuses and were created by Finnish author Tove Jansson – were the focus of an exam question where students were asked to identify the home country and language spoken by the Moomins, reported the Japan Times. The exam paper went viral on Japanese social media, with many noting that the location of “Moominvalley” is never specified in the books or cartoons. A hashtag translating as “unforgivable Moomin” became trending in Japan. SEE ALSO: Japanese school angers parents, lawmakers with Armani uniform Moomin Café offers lonely Japanese customers stuffed teddies to sit with at lunch. Source: YouTube SEE ALSO: Singapore to get Japanese-style cafe where the staff are really mean to you “Now we know where the Moomin is,...

 

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