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Fukyu! Montreal Court Bans Sushi Restaurant Name



A sushi restaurant in Montreal has been forced to change its name after "Fukyu" was deemed too "risqué" by neighboring residents.

La Presse reported the lawyer of the building's owner, David Gavitian, said that many in the neighborhood saw the restaurant as a nuisance, with many business owners within the building threatening to leave.

After a Montreal judge ordered the restaurant's sign to be covered with plastic sheeting, John De Melo, the restaurant's owner told reporters: "We wanted something catchy and Japanese. We didn't think that it would be such a problem," reported Le Journal de Montréal.

Don't order the "blowfish!" “@calgaryherald: Fukyu sushi bar in Montreal forced to change ‘inappropriate’ name.bit.ly/Pg8gGn

— Guy Norman Bee (@guynormanbee) September 14, 2012

The name is actually a reference to a form of Japanese martial arts, however, the restaurant has decided to play it safe this time by renaming it Kabuki, alluding to a form of Japanese theatre.

Though it may seem like a major branding f*k up, De Melo said that it has been a positive experience, with his restaurant getting unparalleled publicity: "I think the financial impact on my business will be good."

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Murdoch's Resignation Adds To Biden Good Luck With The Media — A Repeat Of FDR?

Robert Murdoch's resignation from Fox News Corp. so soon before the next U.S. presidential elections begs the question of how directly media coverage has impacted Joe Biden as a figure, and what this new shift in power will mean for the current President.

Close up photograph of a opy of The Independent features Rupert Murdoch striking a pensive countenance as his 'News of the World' tabloid newspaper announced its last edition will run

July 7, 2011 - London, England: A copy of The Independent features Rupert Murdoch striking a pensive countenance as his 'News of the World' tabloid newspaper announced its last edition will run July 11, 2011 amid a torrid scandal involving phone hacking.

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Michael J. Socolow

Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States of America on Jan. 20, 2021.

Imagine if someone could go back in time and inform him and his communications team that a few pivotal changes in the media would occur during his first three years in office.

There’s the latest news that Rubert Murdoch, 92, stepped down as the chairperson of Fox Corp. and News Corp. on Sept. 21, 2023. Since the 1980s, Murdoch, who will be replaced by his son Lachlan, has been the most powerful right-wing media executivein the U.S.

While it’s not clear whether Fox will be any tamer under Lachlan, Murdoch’s departure is likely good news for Biden, who reportedly despises the media baron.

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