No Yakuza Photos, Please: City Calendar Recalled
The city of Yaizu in Shizuoka prefecture will have to trash thousands of copies of its official calendar because somebody realized that one of its festival photos contains a gangster:
The Yaizu Municipal Government announced Dec. 12 that it will retract and dispose of 55,500 copies of the 2012 calendar, which the city had already begun distributing to some 50,000 households through neighborhood associations on Dec. 1. The city will re-create a new version of calendar, which residents will receive only after the turn of the year.
The move, apparently prompted by a nationwide drive to oust yakuza groups, means the 5 million yen spent on calendar production has been wasted.