South Korea urges Japan to ban Rising Sun Flag at Tokyo 2020 as diplomatic feud continues

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South Korea has called on Japan to ban the country’s Rising Sun Flag at Tokyo 2020 after claiming it represents a “militaristic and imperial past”.

The flag is still used in Japanese society but is seen by some overseas as a symbol of their aggression during the Second World War.

Korean television network SBS said the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee had confirmed they would not be banning the flag as they saw “no reason” to.

Officials said the flag was “not inherently political”, the broadcaster said.

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