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South Korea Demands Ban of Rising Sun Flag at 2020 Olympics

It's no secret that there's bad blood between Japan and South Korea as memories from their historical tensions linger in the minds and hearts of South Korean people.

As such, with the upcoming 2020 Olympics Tokyo, South Korean Olympic officials have requested that Japan's Rising Sun flag be banned from the event as it is a symbol of Japan's aggression during World War II.

Kim Bo-young, an official from the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee, says the request was made to the Tokyo Organising Committee during National Olympic Committee meetings in the city from Aug. 20 to 22. Tokyo organizers say they will not ban the flag, which portrays a red sun with 16 rays extending outward.
Organizers say “the Rising Sun flag is widely used in Japan; and it is not considered to be a political statement, so it is not viewed as a prohibited item.”
In South Korea and elsewhere in Asia, the flag is widely viewed as a symbol of Japan’s aggression during World War II. The flag is still in use, albeit not widely.

(Image credit: Kyodo/Japan Times)


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"Why South Korea is making an issue of this wasn't the point of my reply to your comment."
Then why reply at all?
The naval flag came before the war flag, American warships were busy attacking Japan during the nineteenth century.
Let us imagine you are correct. Why would a naval flag be flown at the Olympics? Did the US of A fly a naval ensign at Salt Lake City? No. We did not.
South Korea isn't thinking about the Olympics. They are using this protest to bring attention to last year's naval maneuvers and Korea abandoning the settlement.
Typical Neatorama journalism. Such as misleading photograph accompanying story or leaving out a few facts to heighten the hilarity or disbelief.
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The link that I gave was actually from Wikipedia. JMSDF adopted the Rising Sun for its naval flag. They're one and the same.
Why South Korea is making an issue of this wasn't the point of my reply to your comment. It was to point out that the Rising Flag is the navy flag of JMSDF.
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Mr Santos should consult Wikipedia for he is mistaken. And Mr Santos sidesteps my questions.
Why is South Korea suddenly making an issue of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force flag?
Why would a navy flag be flown at the Olympics?
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The Rising Sun Flag is the flag flown by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force:
When the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) was established in 1954, it adopted the Rising Sun Flag (Kyokujitsu-ki) as its ensign to show the nationality of its ships. It was approved by GHQ/SCAP.
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The flag pictured is not the "Rising Sun". It is the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force flag. 

A navy flag. Flown on ships. That is why sailors are marching with the flag. 

Why would a navy flag be flown at the Olympics? 

South Korea is confusing WWII war flag with the navy flag. South Korea never complained about the JMSDF flag until 2011. 

This story is two weeks old. Why dredge up partially accurate material?
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