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Osaka U. president slams name picked for public university opening in city in 2022

The Osaka Prefectural Government building is seen in the city of Osaka's Chuo Ward on Feb. 25, 2019. (Mainichi/Yumi Shibamura)

OSAKA -- The operator of both Osaka Prefecture University and Osaka City University in western Japan on June 26 announced a new public university combining the two institutions would be named the "University of Osaka" -- a move drawing fire from the president of the similarly named Osaka University.

Yoshiki Nishizawa, chairperson of University Public Corporation Osaka, picked the name after discussing the matter with Osaka Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura and Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui at Osaka City Hall. The new institution is scheduled to open in the 2022 academic year.

After the name was announced, Osaka University President Shojiro Nishio released a statement on the university website pointing out that the English version of the new university's name was "remarkably similar" to that of Osaka University, adding, "It will cause confusion among our students, and work as a great obstacle for the future of both universities, which are reaching out to the world."

(Japanese original by Tatsuki Noda, Osaka City News Department)

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