Hundreds of vehicle owners in Kansas received a letter asking them to return their license plates for a free replacement after the plates were found to spell “JAP,” a slur against Japanese Americans, reports The Independent.
Kansas has a total of 731 active registrations with this issue; plates not sent back to a local vehicle office within 30 days will be identified and replaced during the annual renewal.
Last year, 70-year-old Keith Kawamoto saw a Kansas plate with the slur in traffic near his home in Culver City, California, reports Newsweek. He snapped a photo of the plate and then wrote letters to Kansas officials, including Governor Jeff Colyer, about his concerns.
“It’s very derogatory, it’s a racial slur, it’s very offensive to a lot of people,” said Kawamoto. “I said no other state in the union would allow this.