#350 Flag

The Japanese flag is easy to recognise:
One red circle on a white background.

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Everyone calls Japan “land of the rising sun” and the red circle represents the sun.

This flag is officially called Nisshouki/日章旗 which means “sun mark flag”.

But it’s more commonly referred to as Hinomaru/日の丸 which means “sun circle”.

The flag was only officially made the flag of Japan in 1999, although it had been used for much longer.

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During the war, messages would be written on the flag and given to deployed soldiers.

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A variation of the flag with red beams surrounding the circle is used by the military and navy.

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This flag still has negative connotations from World War 2.

The Japanese government now doesn’t officially use this flag, but it is still used by the Japan Self-Defense Force.

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