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Do you find Japan's rising sun flag offensive?

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The rising sun flag is not offensive as long as it is used as a Navy ensign. The right-wing use it to symbolize glorifying the old totalitarian regime and current far right activism. The rising sun flag should be left at sea.

Importantly, the rising sun flag is NOT a national flag and should, therefore, not be waved about at the Olympics.

3 ( +9 / -6 )

No, but there should be a third option: Depends

5 ( +5 / -0 )

I personally do not find it offensive, but then I never lived under Japanese colonial rule.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

In the right (not right wing) context, I have no real problem with it. Overall, I'm not a fan of national flags.

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

Depends how it's used, as with most things. If it is, which it is, being used as the Naval flag, then not at all. If it's being waved around by nutblags in black trucks telling little children (Zainichi) to "die", or worn by the morons who dress up as IJA soldiers and march around Yasukuni and deny Japanese atrocities, then yes.

9 ( +11 / -2 )

Which version of rising sun flag?

In general, no, I do not find any of them offensive.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

It is an official flag. Japanese Naval Self Defense Force. How can anyone possibly find it offensive?

No one has the right to stop people waving this flag next year at the Olympics. All this publicity will just mean stadiums will now be full of the rising sun flags!

-5 ( +6 / -11 )

It is an official flag. Japanese Naval Self Defense Force. How can anyone possibly find it offensive?

People can find this flag offensive because it carries the stain of Jaian's rape of Asia, which Japan refuses to fully acknowledge or atone for having committed.

-2 ( +7 / -9 )

There is a circle in it - refreshing after sripes, reds, whites and blues and stripes and stars and repetitious Euro-use of colours, union Jacks and so on..

Simple is good, like the 梅節 in the ご飯, or the drop of arterial blood in the snow.

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

I don’t have a problem with it, doesn’t bother me, doesn’t offend me and when people display it outside of their homes for whatever reason, go for it. More power to them. I hang my Old glory on certain holidays with pride as well.

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

I hang my Old glory on certain holidays with pride as well.

Too much information

1 ( +7 / -6 )

Some people here are thinking of the red sun on a white background, the national flag, displayed outside homes on national holidays.

The question regards one of the versions of the 'rising' sun on the horizon with red rays emanating from it.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Too many people in today's comfortable world have confused "I'M OFFENDED BY THAT" with "I CAN THINK OF WHO MIGHT BE OFFENDED BY THAT".

I suspect that most of the people who most loudly voice their offense at such things are simply trying to be the big hero for whoever they think would actually be all offended.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Yes, there are two different versions, the single red sun dot and the one with red lines streaming out from the sun. That’s the one some countries have problems with still. I’d say it’d be better if it wasn’t used.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

What I find offensive is Japan's continued insensitivity to what the flag represent in the rest of Asia. Like the Nazi flag, the Rising Sun is the military flag of Japan.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

I suspect that most of the people who most loudly voice their offense at such things are simply trying to be the big hero for whoever they think would actually be all offended.

I suspect that most people who post online, these days, are plants.

Doesn't mean I'm correct, though. Overtly militaristic or fascistic flags do cause offence, especially when some of the terrible actions committed under such flags happened within living memory.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Some things should be put to rest. That particular flag reminds too many people of 'the past'. Bad things happened then. Why keep a symbol, or at least one that looks nearly identical, around? It stains the image of the present and future generations of a people. The 'new' flag is good. It represents Japan as a modern, peace-loving nation.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Well given Japan's history with neighbors and their denial of that history ...

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Cool-looking flag. Not offensive at all.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Too bad we cant ask the 20-30million who died shortly after that flag appeared on the horizon their thoughts on it, just sayin!

2 ( +2 / -0 )

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