Money Today Reporter Chae Tae-byeong | 2023.11.20 14:24
A Japanese spectator holding the Rising Sun flag during the 2023 Asian Professional Baseball Championship (APBC) game between Korea and Japan held at Tokyo Dome in Japan on the 17th. /2023.11.17. /News 1
Following the ‘2023 World Baseball Classic’ (WBC), there is controversy as a Japanese spectator took out the Rising Sun flag at the ‘Asian Professional Baseball Championship 2023’ (APBC).
The Korean APBC national baseball team faced the Japanese national team on the 17th and 19th. The Korean national team struggled, but unfortunately lost both games (1 to 2, 3 to 4).
Meanwhile, some Japanese spectators waved the Rising Sun flag during the Korea-Japan match. The Rising Sun Flag is a symbol of imperialism used by the Japanese military during World War II. Japanese spectators also brought out the Rising Sun flag at the WBC held in March, causing controversy.
Seo Gyeong-deok, a professor at Sungshin Women’s University, pointed out the Rising Sun Flag that appeared at APBC through SNS (social network service) on the 19th. She informed Professor Seo that “Japanese fans cheered for the Rising Sun Flag during the APBC Korea-Japan match held at Tokyo Dome in Japan.”
He continued, “The rising sun flag that Japan displayed at the forefront when it invaded Asian countries symbolizes Japanese militarism and imperialism. Supporting the rising sun flag is like denying Japan’s history of wars of aggression and reminds Asians of the fear of war.” “It is an act of order and a symbol of fascism,” he said.
Professor Seo said he also sent an email to APBC complaining about the cheering of the Rising Sun Flag. He emphasized, “The rising sun flag cheering also appeared in the WBC Korea-Japan match, causing great controversy,” and added, “APBC must take strong measures to prevent such behavior from happening again.”
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