- A Japanese airline removes the “Z” logo from its planes to avoid being seen as supporting Russia.
- Zipair is replacing it with a green, black and white pattern instead, the Japan Times reported.
- Japan, which like Ukraine has Russia as a neighbour, has long opposed the invasion of Ukraine.
Japanese airline Zipair is dropping its large ‘Z’ logo from planes lest it be seen as a sign of support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, The Japan Times reported.
The low-cost airline, which is a subsidiary of Japan Airlines, had painted the fins of its B-787 planes with a large black letter “Z”.
But its chairman, Shingo Nishida, told reporters on Thursday that some people might see the giant logo as an indication of support for Russia’s war, according to The Japan Times.
“I think some people might feel that when they see it without any explanation,” Nishida said.
The logo will be replaced on Saturday with a green, black and white design, the newspaper reported.
The letter “Z” became a symbol of support for the Russian military at the start of the invasion, appearing on military devices as well as in popular demonstrations.
Russian athletes and movie stars sported the Z logos, President Vladimir Putin gave a rally in front of giant panels incorporating the letter Z, and schoolchildren were encouraged to make works of art around the theme of the letter Z, which does not appear in the Russian Cyrillic alphabet.
Japan, as a member of the G7, opposed President Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine, early joining with Western nations in blocking Russia’s access to the SWIFT banking system.
In early May, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met to discuss ways to reduce dependence on Russian oil. Most recently, President Joe Biden met with Kishida and other regional allies in late May.