June 20, 2021

Tokyo 2020: Why some people want the rising sun flag banned

Fans cheering in a stadium and waving a flag is a staple sight at any international sports event.

But what if a flag is so offensive to some countries it sparks a whole movement to get it banned?

That is what’s happening with Japan’s rising sun flag and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. And the strongest criticism is from South Korea – where some politicians even compare it to the Nazi swastika.

Critics say the flag is flown by fans who want to romanticise and rewrite the human rights abuses by Japanese forces.

South Korea wants it banned at the games – but the 2020 organisers say the flag is “widely used in Japan” and is “not a political statement”.


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