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Flag Stirs South Korean Anger at Japan

South Korea’s Jeju Island welcomed nearly 20 fleets from more than ten countries as it kicked off a five-day international naval review. However, the ghost and painful memory of World War II atrocities appeared this week when Japan, a key U.S. ally in the region and less than 1,000 kilometers away, elected to skip this year’s event after Seoul requested ships from the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force not to fly their naval ensign, the 16-ray rising sun flag. Despite Tokyo’s absence from the event, the dispute over the flag is expected to continue between the two countries even after its conclusion. Two atrocities appeared this week when Japan, a key U.S. ally in the region and less than 1,000 kilometers away, elected to skip this year’s event after Seoul requested ships from the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force not to fly their naval ensign, the 16-ray rising sun flag. Despite Tokyo’s absence from the event, the dispute over the flag is expected to continue between the two countries even after its conclusion. South Korea and other Asian countries strongly associate the rising flag with Japan’s aggression during the 20th Century. Some even go as far as to link the flag to various atrocities and consider it a lasting symbol of World War II. South Korea’s navy had asked all nations participating to display their national flags and the South Korean flag on their vessels. Some viewed that request as a way to prevent Japanese vessels from flying the kyokujitsuki, or rising sun flag. Japanese officials told the Associated Press it is mandatory for Japan’s naval ships to fly the ensign under domestic laws and only commercial ships fly the “hinomaru,” or national flag, to differentiate them. Japanese Chief of Staff Katsutoshi Kawano said the flag was a matter of pride for... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Flag Stirs South Korean Anger at Japan, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Flag Stirs South Korean Anger at Japan

 

 

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Published By: VOA NEWS - Wednesday, 10 October

 

 

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