You’ve probably all heard about the kerfuffle over the big banner at a recent football match in Korea, which was all Japan’s fault:
The Korean Football Association also posted a statement on its website that blamed Japanese supporters at the match for the banner, linking it to display of a "rising sun" Japanese flag, considered by many Koreans as an emblem of Japan’s historical militarism and occupation of Korea from 1910 to 1945.
Skipping over the illogic in that statement, according to someone who appears to be an official photographer or something for the JFA:
As for the flag on Sunday, can you tell me where in the stadium that was? Because I can tell you. It was right next to the Italian flag that was on the upper deck (and fuck knows what that was all about), far removed from the main group of Japan supporters who have condemned the Rising Sun flag. You can see it here.
The guy flying the giant Japanese flag in that picture is the same guy who flew the Rising Sun flag. He’s a Yokohama F. Marinos supporter (top right) who’s actually banned from their stadium for doing some stupid shit. He’s also been waving the giant flag for several years – I know this because he told me while we were waiting in line at the airport on Monday. He’d mentioned that someone had tried waving the Rising Sun flag but it didn’t register that he was talking about himself until I caught up on sleep and got a better look at all the photos.