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Would IOC let Nazi flags fly in Berlin?

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20.09.2019
South Korean protesters hold Japanese rising sun flags during a rally to mark the Aug. 15 Liberation Day from Japanese colonial rule, in downtown Seoul. Korea asked the International Olympic Committee to ban the Japanese "rising sun" flag at 2020 Tokyo Games, calling it a symbol of Japan's brutal wartime past. AP
By Oh Young-jin

Why is the International Olympic Committee (IOC) so tolerant of Japan's use of the Rising Sun flag, the symbol of the country's imperial adventurism?

South Korea and China, victim countries of imperial Japan, requested a ban of its use at 2020 Tokyo Olympics venues but the IOC said no.

Would the IOC or its leader Thomas Bach of Germany allow Nazi swastika flags or "hakenkreuz" if Berlin or Munich hosted the quadrennial games, the sports festival of the world? Definitely no.

Conscientious Germans, who oppose the rise of the Alternative for Germany (AfD), a far-right, ultra-nationalist political party, would not allow its use. If Germany failed to act, France, Poland, Belgium and other victim nations in the Second World War triggered by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler would be up in arms and ensure there was no return of the swastika.

So it is puzzling that the IOC and Bach allow the Rising Sun flag, while being surely opposed to the hooked cross.

Most likely, Western sensitivity about the Asian perspective, or lack thereof, is........

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