China targets Muji catalog because map lists Taiwan outside its borders

Crackdown on maps follows action against online country menus

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/01/30
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Catalogs by Japanese retailer Muji (無印良品) were destroyed

A Muji store in Duesseldorf, Germany (photo courtesy of Jeschenko MedienAgentur Koeln GmbH) (By Wikimedia Commons)

in China because its map inside showed the country’s borders as leaving Taiwan and the disputed Diaoyutai Islands outside, reports said Tuesday.

The crackdown on maps follows a similar witch hunt against websites which listed Taiwan and Tibet as countries separate from China.

The latest target for corrective action by the Chinese authorities included maps which drew Taiwan, Tibet, the Diaoyutai, Hainan and disputed islands in the South China Sea as not being part of China, the Liberty Times reported.

One of the most prominent victims of the new campaign was Japanese retail chain Muji, whose free 2017 Autumn/Winter furniture catalog showed a “wrong version” of the map of Taiwan, in addition to not including the Diaoyutai in China and printing Hainan in a different color from the rest of China.    [FULL  STORY]

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