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Maroon 5 concert in South Korea is criticized for using the Japanese rising sun flag

July 4, 2022

Maroon 5 recently announced their world tour, starting in Canada and ending in Asia. One of the Asian countries the pop-rock band is set to visit is South Korea, but it looks like netizens aren’t happy with the group’s poster design.

Koreans are now expressing concern about the disrespect of Maroon 5’s poster design. Since it bears Japan’s rising sun flag, netizens could not help but associate the symbol with Japan’s wartime atrocities.

Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, James Valentine, Matt Flynn, PJ Morton and Sam Farrar kick off their tour in Quebec City, Canada in July and continue with the Asian leg in Singapore, Korea, Japan, the Philippines and Thailand.

Her concert in South Korea will be held on November 30 at the Gocheok Sky Dome, which is known for hosting K-pop idols there as well. However, when fans visited the sextet’s official website and other social media platforms, they saw the rising sun design on the poster and criticized the band for using this motif.

Koreaboo noted that Koreans and other Asian countries affected by Japan’s militarism and imperialism had compared the soaring Japanese flag to the Nazi swastika. It was the flag of the Imperial Japanese Navy when Japan colonized South Korea in the early 20th century.

Japan still uses the Rising Sun Flag today, but South Korea and other Asian countries have called for a total ban on this flag. Alexis Dudden, a professor at the University of Connecticut, said it was part of a collective effort to clean up the history of Imperial Japan’s aggression during World War II.

Noisy Wikipedia the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force still flies the flag while its eight-ray version is flown by the Japan Self-Defense Forces and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. The flag is also part of the daily life of the Japanese, so it is used as a banner by fishermen to show their big catch. Others also use them to celebrate births and seasonal festivals.

Meanwhile, Maroon 5 will kick off their Asian tour on November 29th at Singapore’s National Stadium as of NME reported. Then we continue to South Korea and the next stop will be Japan.

From there they will fly to the Philippines and perform at the Mall of Asia. They will officially conclude their world tour on December 10th in Thailand. Details on advance ticket sales for the upcoming Maroon 5 world tour will be announced in the coming days.