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|
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.
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.
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!