Talking about abbreviations, get a hold of the governor's name.
That is one tough cookie even for English speakers.
How many do you think can actually spell that?
And so, I wasn't surprised to find out Japanese people abbreviated his name as well. What was indeed amusing to find out is just how well did they do it :P
First, check out the full name:
Reading: aanorudo shuwarutseneggaa
No doubt a tongue twister.
And now, the nickname Japan gave the governor!
Reading: shuwa chan
This is amusing on two layers!
First, they took that mountain of a name and reduced it to only two syllables!
And to top that, they gave him the suffix "chan" as if he was some cute little girl! :P
They totally made a school girl out of his name, and in contrast to the huge mountain of a man he used to be, that's amusing.