South Korea removes controversial banners at Olympic village

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A man walks past a logo of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo on July 15, 2021. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP) (Photo by BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP via Getty Images)

SEOUL, South Korea (Associated Press) — South Korea’s Olympic committee says it has removed banners at the Olympic athletes’ village in Tokyo which referred to a 16th-century war between Korea and Japan.

It followed an intervention from the International Olympic Committee which saw them as provocative.

In agreeing to take down the banners, the South Koreans said they received a promise from the IOC that the displaying of the Japanese “rising sun” flag will be banned at stadiums and other Olympic venues.

The flag portrays a red sun with 16 rays extending outward. It is resented by many people in South Korea and other parts of Asia who see it as a symbol of Japan’s wartime past.

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