The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been asked by South Korea to bar Japan from using the “Rising Sun” flag at next year’s Tokyo games, Seoul’s sports ministry said on Wednesday.
South Korea’s sports ministry sent a letter to the IOC to express its “disappointment” over Tokyo’s organising committee’s decision to allow the “Rising Sun” ensign or kyokujitsuki to be displayed, claiming it represents a “militaristic and imperial past.”
It differs from the country’s official flag, a red disk on a white background, which will be used by its Olympic team.
The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday confirmed it had received the letter, Reuters reports.
Last year Japan withdrew from an international naval review because South Korea asked that Japan not fly the same “Rising Sun” flag on its warships.