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Monday, February 7, 2011

Asia Cup 2011 +

There was a soccer game between the Japanese national team and the South Korean one. Each team scored one during the regular 90 minutes, and the game went into overtime in which
Japan scored with a penalty kick. Then South Korea scored just before the end of the overtime. I was concerned about having a shoot-out because in the World Cup 2010, the Japanese national failed the shoot-out in the match with Paraguay.

Too my astonishment, Japan won the shoot-out by 3-0.
Kawashima the demigod had an inspirational performance.

He blocked shots two times, and the third shot went outside the goal.
I felt very much relieved by the result, and now I can declare that the team has overcome the trauma.

Good luck with the final game and may the better one win.


Apart from the game itself, I need to mention something that is related to the game.
One of the South Korean players Ki Sung-Yueng imitated monkey after he scored. The act meant a lot to South Koreans.
What is said is that the act is used as a contempt for the Japanese.
Knowing that the act would devalue the game, Park Ji-Sung tried to calm down the player.

Ki Sung-Yueng 's explanation was that there was a Kyokujitsu-ki, the Rising Sun Flag, prepared by Japanese supporters.
Kyokujitsu-ki means a kind of flag first used by Japanese army in 1870s, and then adopted by navy in 1889.

Actually, it's still used by the Japan Self-Defense Forces.


Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces
                           
The flag is used in other ways too. For example, as a big-catch flag by fishermen, so Kyokujitsu-ki doesn't necessarily mean militarism for the Japanese. During national games, it turns into a flag for victory. It has been repeatedly used by Japanese supporters during national games. In other words, it's a Japanese culture to wave Kyokujitsu-ki on certain occasions. 

What matters is that the South Korean do not know different cultural aspects of the flag other than militaristic one. If the player truly appreciated the meaning of the flag, he would have known that the justification would not be strong enough.


If only the flag had the sole meaning to represent the militarism during WWII, he could have blamed the supporters for doing propaganda during a sports game.

Whether he just made up as what he thought could use as a justification doesn't matter.
Anyone in a representative possession has certain rules to obey.
In my opinion, he violated the rule largely due to the distorted education offered by the government, and partly because of his misled passion.

After the player's excuse for his act, a TV company called TV Asahi used the following picture as if the flag had been displayed during the game against South Korea. As you can easily guess from the Dutch flag in the picture on the left, the picture in fact was taken during 2010 World Cup.
What it implies is that TV Asahi tried to support the South Korean player by using a misleading picture. If there had been a Kyokujitsu-ki in the match against South Korea, I'm sure the TV company would have gladly used the picture from the game.

I often wonder how severely Japan had been distorted by the media until the internet started working as a surveillance network.
Maybe to some people I look like paranoiac, but I believe anyone who has read through my blog will understand my fear based on unshakable facts.

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Magnified picture
Let me give you an additional piece of information, "Japan Times" is designed by "Asahi News Paper", the same Asahi.

It is presumable that "Japan Times" which is published by Asahi, who evasively - many times obviously - favors Korea and China, degrades Japan intentionally.

It's a true irony that "Asahi" which refers to "the rising sun", tried to use the rising sun flag to degrade Japan only to degrade himself in the end.

The series of games in Asia cup were so dramatic and encouraging to me, and the Japanese national team became the champion for the 4th time :D
Congratulations and thanks for the great games!


I hope Kagawa will recover from the injury soon. One of the most moving scenes was when he kissed the flag on the uniform after he scored.

1 comment:

  1. We have a similar problem, in the 1860s we had a large civil war that placed the Northern US states (Union, or Federalist) against the Southern US states (Confederates, or Rebels).

    The war started for many reasons, one of them being that the South allowed slavery, somthing the North did not allow. Now the flag used by the South is associated almost exclusively with slavery and separatism.

    Friendly sporting events shouldn't be a place for political statements, or signs of disrespect to the other country. The Kyokujitsu-ki flag was around long before the war, and long after it and should be treated with as much respect as any other national icon.

    I think it also brings up another issue though, forgiveness. There is not a single country in the world that has a spotless past, we are all Humans and we are all vulnerable to emotional outbursts. When two or more countries exist for so many years, there will be problems between them.

    I'm not proud of what happened between our country and the native people of America, but we learn from the mistakes we made and ensure we do not repeat them as best as we can. Many bad things had been done to both sides, much of it for no other reason than fear and a lack of understanding of the other. Whole settlements and tribes got destroyed, and many people lost their lives.

    Today there is almost no ill-will between the natives and non-natives, with everyone (except for a few examples) considering themselves people who belong to the same country. I've talked to many natives who still live on a "reservation" down in Texas and when i visited them they seemed almost indistinguishable from the rest of the Texan population by what they belive politicaly. We even joked about many issues that had once been very sensitive years ago. I made a good friend at a local store, and after a while the owner started to remark "The pale skin comes to take steal our things again" in this over the top faked accent, to which i responded "Selling the island of Manhattan for only 23$ is not us stealing it". We both knew we had been only teasing each other and laughing while we did, but it was a reminder to me how two people with problems in the past could move on and be friends. Remember what happened, but forgive it and move on.

    I may not have a perfect understanding of the past issues between South Korea and Japan, but from what i understand the problems between the two happened so long ago. I do not understand why many South Koreans still hold such contempt for Japan, when today's Japanese had nothing to do with the events the South Koreans say happened. Wars are terrible things, but if we always dwell on them we can never move past it.

    The best i think that can be done is show kindness in the face of an insult, and while many South Koreans may not be fond of Japan, there are many who are just as fond of Japan as i am.

    I completely understand your emotions though, like you, i too love my country and culture and it upsets me when i see someone doing or saying somthing to damage it. What happened at the soccer game was very wrong, people should not like and misinform others about what happened, or the meaning of a flag. Mr Ki Sung-Yueng, and TV Asahi the owes an apology to everyone.

    Sporting events should bring countries together, with people admiring the opposing team who trains so diligently to play with their own. Even if the Kyokujitsu-ki was present at the game, and it only ment militarism, Mr Ki Sung-Yueng should not have acted like that. A single person would have insulted him, and he insults the entire country of Japan, and shames his own.

    Mr Park Ji-Sung sounds like a decent player, and i'm glad we have a positive example of how a player should behave.

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