`Swastika' Pokemon card dropped

CORTLANDT, N.Y. Nintendo will stop making a Pokemon card that bears a mirror image of a swastika - a symbol with a benign meaning in Japan - after getting complaints from the Anti-Defamation League.

"What is appropriate for one culture may not be for another," Nintendo of America said in a statement Thursday.

The red mark alongside the Pokemon characters Golbat and Ditto is a manji, a reverse image of the Nazi swastika. In Japan, where the symbol predated the Nazis by centuries, it means good fortune and also can represent a Buddhist temple. On street maps, the symbol locates a temple just as a cross stands for a church on an American map.

But to American eyes, it is a …

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