Error made in color of Italian flag on poster and flyer for meeting of foreign ministers

by Kyosuke Mizukawa, Staff Writer

On February 11, it was found that an error had been made in one color used for the Italian national flag on posters and flyers designed to promote the meeting of foreign ministers, which will take place in Hiroshima on April 10 and 11 prior to the Group of Seven (G7) summit (Ise Shima summit). One section of the Italian tricolor flag, which should have been red, was orange, giving it the appearance of the flag of Ireland. The City of Hiroshima and the secretariat of the public-private council charged with promoting the meeting of G7 foreign ministers acknowledged the error after the concern was raised, and pledged to reprint these materials.

The design for the poster, which was ordered by the council to the vendor, shows the flags of the seven nations that will participate in the meeting and the European Union (EU) below an image of the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims. The design was made public at a meeting between Hiroshima Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki and Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui, which took place on February 5. The council had already printed 2,000 posters and 20,000 flyers making use of this design, at a cost of about 190,000 yen, and had begun distributing them to 18 member groups of the council and local government offices in Hiroshima Prefecture.

However, when the flyers were given out at an event associated with the meeting on February 11, one of the participants spotted the error, saying “The right part of the Italian flag, which should be red, is orange, making it look like the Irish flag.” (The Irish flag is a tricolor flag of green, white, and orange, from the left.) The City of Hiroshima then confirmed this fact and realized that a mistake had been made.

Holding the flyer, Bussi Alessandro, 46, an Italian restauranteur in Asaminami Ward, said bluntly, “It doesn’t look like Italy’s flag.” Masaaki Yukhiro, the general manager in charge of promotion for the gathering, said, “We apologize for not adequately checking the colors of the flags before printing the design. We will reprint the posters and flyers and send them again to the places where they were already distributed.”

(Originally published on February 12, 2016)