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This is a great photo and I have no problems with the Kyokujitsuki there;

To help you (my fellow JT readers) understand the history of the Rising Sun flag, before and after WWII, and why it’s still Japan’s military symbol:

the Kyokujitsuki is widely recognized as Japan’s naval ensign, as it was used by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) and the modern JMSDF; in fact, it originated as the flag of the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA). On April 17, 1870, Emperor Meiji reviewed a military drill at the Komaba field in Tokyo, which involved the forces of the principal clans of that time (Satsuma, Choshu, Tosa, and Hizen); the Ministry of War decided that the event should use a military symbol to stir the troops’ morale and instill solidarity, which resulted in Japan’s first national war flag – the flag was called, the rentaiki, or “regimental standard,” and it featured a central disk with sixteen sunrays, which later became the classic Kyokujitsuki design;

.. one of the individuals in the Ministry of War who worked on the flag design as a junior officer was Soga Sukenori (he later became a lieutenant general and then Vice Chief of the General Staff); according to Soga, the original draft featured tapered rays, but the government ultimately adopted a design where the ends of the rays were widened. He said: “the first design that we submitted to the Imperial Diet featured shortened rays. The Diet members laughed scornfully, saying that it resembled konpeito (a Japanese candy). We then submitted a new design with non-tapered rays, and they said it was outstanding. That design became today’s war flag.

At the end of World War II, the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal was held; Whereas the Nuremberg trials prosecuted for crimes against humanity to impose justice following the Holocaust, no equivalent treatment was meted out to any Japanese organization; the court did not even have jurisdiction to declare any organization to be “criminal.” Consequently, the IJA, IJN, and other Japanese organizations and institutions were never indicted as the Nazi organizations were. There were only individuals that were held criminally responsible; free from association with a “criminal organization,” the Kyokujitsuki has continued to represent Japan’s armed services.

( different flags were adopted by the National Police Reserve (1950–1954), the National Safety Force, and the Japan Coast Guard. However, in conjunction with the inauguration of the Ministry of Defense and the Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF) in 1954, the Cabinet issued an ordinance (Order for the Enforcement of the Self-Defense Forces Act) establishing the Kyokujitsu as the flag of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) and the ensign of the JMSDF. The JGSDF flag is a slight modification of the IJA war flag, as it features just eight rays and golden edges, while the JMSDF ensign retains the classic design of the IJN ensign with sixteen sunrays and an off-center middle. )

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the WAR is coming!

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Thanks for that bit of informative literature rcch.

The color of their camouflage will hide them well in an aquarium tank.

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Gives instructions to do what??? Can't be anything important as there aren't many of them present.

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@Paul Do you have a "NEED TO KNOW"???

*Gives instructions to do what??? Can't be anything important as there aren't many of them present.*

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