Ban the use of the Rising Sun Flag in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
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Please ban the use of the Rising Sun Flag, a flag used by the Japanese Imperial Army, for cheering at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, an event representing global peace!
Section 2 of Article 50 of the Olympic Charter states: ‘No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.’
Do you remember the Olympic Games that left the most disgraceful blot in the history of the Olympics?
It is the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.
Adolf Hitler, leader of the German Nazi party, tried to demonstrate to the world the physical superiority of the Aryan race through the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Essentially using a peaceful event to push agendas of racism, fear, and war.
The Nazi aimed to be exonerated of their racism and militarism. They tried to exploit the Berlin Olympic Games as a political propaganda to rationalize the invasion of neighboring countries.
World citizens today call the Berlin Olympics the “most disgraceful Olympic Games”. An event meant to promote peace abused to further a political propaganda of hate and racism.
Seen all through out the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games was the Hakenkreuz, the symbol of Nazi militarism. The striking red flag with a bold black swastika that is widely recognized as a symbol of war, death, hate, racism, and the holocaust.
But did you know?
The 1936 Berlin Olympics, remembered as the world’s most shameful history of undermining the spirit of the Olympics, is being revived with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?
The Japanese government is trying to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympics a militaristic propaganda just like the Nazi did with the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Recently, the Japanese government has approved the use of the Rising Sun Flag — the flag used by the Japanese Imperial Army during WWII — at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
On September 2019, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics Organizing Committee announced that the Rising Sun Flag has been used broadly throughout Japan and does not include any political significance. A very inconsiderate and shallow point of view.
Japan’s Olympic minister, Hashimoto Seiko also approved the use of the Rising Sun Flag on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The Rising Sun Flag is the Japanese Self-Defense Forces’ flag and is the symbol of Japanese imperialistic war of aggression. The war where 10 million innocent civilians were tortured, raped, and murdered; The war where 200,000 young girls were kidnapped to be used as sex-slaves in the Japanese Army, just to be murdered later.
The Japanese Rising Sun flag represents the same fear to Asians, the same fear that the Nazi used to oppress and murder 6 million Jewish civilians.
In 1870, the Japanese Army designated the Rising Sun Flag as their army flag!
In 1889, the Japanese Navy designated the Rising Sun Flag as their naval ensign!
The flag flew during the Sino-Japanese War of 1894!
During the Russo-Japanese War of 1904!
During the brutal Colonization of Korea in 1910!
During the Manchurian Incident in 1931!
During the Nanjing Massacre in 1937!
During the aggressive Pacific War, where Japan invaded Asian countries while committing horrific war crimes.
The Japanese military had put up the Rising Sun Flag all over Asia, including Korea, China, and Southeast Asia!
From 1910 to 1945, the Japanese occupied Korea forcibly, imprisoning the entire Korean peninsula to torture, murder, rape, exploitation, and the destruction of Korean culture!
Japanese imperialism seized material resources and free human beings of the Korean peninsula, trampling the Korean language and culture. Which effects are still seen to this day.
Japanese imperialism extended beyond the Korean peninsula, committed numerous war crimes: massacres, genocides, human experimenation, sexual slavery, rape, terrorism, exploitation and infringment of basic human rights.
The Japanese Rising Sun flag is a reminder to this brutality the entire Asian continent suffered from. The same brutality that led to 10 million civilians being relieved of their hopeful lives. People just like you and me, living breathing people who held dreams of their future and hopes; their lives crushed under the boot of Japanese imperialism.
So for Asian people, the Rising Sun Flag is the same the Nazi’s Hakenkreuz is to the Jewish population. A reminder to a period of suffering.
In European countries like France and Poland, the use of the Nazi’s Hakenkreuz is forbidden by law. If violated, with severe consequences.
Unlike Germany, who have completely tabooed their past, Japan still uses the Rising Sun Flag as their Self-Defense Force’s flag to this day. In 1954, Japanese Ground and Maritime Self-Defense Forces designated the Rising Sun Flag as their symbolic flag.
The Japanese government’s use of the Rising Sun Flag without any formal apology or recognition of their history, sparked Korean outrage.
However this isn’t a matter in the past, the Japanese government is again trying to use the Rising Sun Flag: But in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
If Germany were to host the Olympic Games and announce to the international community that it would allow the Hakenkreuz, how would the citizens of European countries who were affected by Nazi Germany’s massacre and biological experimentations react? How would the world citizens who had suffered under the Nazi Hakenkreuz react?
The same shock and anger that Koreans felt when the Japanese government announced the use of the Rising Sun Flag in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The Japanese government insists that using the Rising Sun Flag does not include ‘political propaganda’, but it is self-evident that it does.
Most importantly, we want to prevent the repeat of the German Nazi’s Berlin Olympics, which violated the Olympic spirit of peace and cooperation, in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Your participation in the petition can prevent Japan’s reviving militarism!
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The use of the Rising Sun Flag must be banned in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics!
The Rising Sun Flag should be included in the list of restricted items in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics!
The International Olympic Committee should issue a warning to the Japanese Olympic Committee for violating the Olympic Charter that no kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas!
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