Japan to skip South Korea fleet event over 'rising sun' flag
TOKYO – Japan introduced Friday that it may not ship a warship to a world fleet evaluate hosted through South Korea subsequent week after Seoul asked the removing of the Jap military’s “increasing solar” flag.
Protection Minister Takeshi Iwaya instructed journalists that Japan had notified the South Korean govt of its resolution.
“Sadly, now we have come to a scenario the place we haven’t any selection however to go on our participation within the world fleet evaluate,” Iwaya stated.
Many South Koreans see the flag as an emblem of Japan’s International Warfare II aggression, and protested its use all the way through the Oct. 10-14 tournament close to Jeju island.
South Korea’s military has requested all 14 nations collaborating within the fleet evaluate to show handiest their nationwide flags and the South Korean flag on their vessels, a request it appears aimed toward combating the Jap destroyer from flying the “kyokujitsuki.”
Jap officers say the flag, which portrays a pink solar with 16 rays extending outward, is necessary for Japan’s naval ships underneath home regulations. They are saying the flag could also be widely known as id for the Jap army underneath a world maritime conference.
Iwaya stated Japan time and again defined its place however the two facets may now not shut the space. “It is regrettable,” he stated.
Japan will proceed efforts to advertise protection cooperation with South Korea, which is essential to regional peace and steadiness, he stated.
On Thursday, army Leader of Workforce Katsutoshi Kawano stated the increasing solar flag is the Maritime Self-Protection Power sailors’ “satisfaction” and “we completely don’t cross if we need to take away the flag.”
South Korean Overseas Minister Kang Kyung-wha had advised Japan to believe how South Koreans bear in mind its brutal 1910-1945 colonization of the Korean Peninsula.
Jap naval ships flying rising-sun flags participated in fleet critiques in South Korea in 1998 and 2008. However anti-Jap sentiment has since grown in South Korea, particularly over a 2015 bilateral settlement aimed toward settling a decades-old dispute over Korean ladies compelled to offer intercourse for the Jap wartime army.
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