Tokyo gov't website ridiculed for child abuse snafu
Japan Today -- Jun 13
A Tokyo government website tasked with tackling child abuse unintentionally appeared to do the exact opposite when a caption under an image of a mascot skipped a vital word, government officials said Wednesday.

The home page caption text under an image of the metropolitan government's official anti-child abuse snail mascot "Osekkai Kun" was meant to read "child abuse prevention promotion character," but instead read "child abuse promotion character."

The mistake was pointed out by a resident and fixed Tuesday, two months after the errant text was first placed on the site following its April 10 relaunch. An external contractor was outsourced for the project, according to the officials.

Before it was removed, the site drew ire on the internet, with people making comments such as "you shouldn't be promoting child abuse" and "it means the opposite."

News source: Japan Today
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