Fact Check

Does Ronald McDonald Have a Different Name in Japan?

The clown from McDonald’s goes by more than one name.

Published April 13, 2021

 (Daniel X. O'Neil/Wikimedia Commons)
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Claim:
Ronald McDonald goes by the name of Donald McDonald in McDonald’s franchises across Japan.

McDonald’s most famous mascot goes by a different name in Japan: Donald McDonald.

The eponymous red-headed clown, who is known worldwide (mostly) as Ronald McDonald, is written as “Donarudo Makudonarudo” in Japanese.

We reached out to McDonald’s, and a spokesperson said, “The name is one of the localizations that date to the founding of McDonald’s in Japan in 1971.”

According to Business Insider, a local businessman who helped open the first McDonald’s in the country decided it would be easier to pronounce this name in Japanese.

The McDonald’s-backed charity in Japan is also known as the Donald McDonald House.

Given that this information was verified by McDonald’s, we rate this claim as “True.”

Nur Nasreen Ibrahim is a reporter with experience working in television, international news coverage, fact checking, and creative writing.

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