Amid tensions between South Korea and Japan, the South Korean has called on Japan to ban any displaying of the Rising Sun flag at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. This follows a by Japan's Olympics organising that it sees no with the flag. The committee said: "The Rising Sun flag is widely used in Japan and it is not considered to be a statement, so it is not viewed as a prohibited ." A South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman said: "The Japanese know well that their neighbours regard the Rising Sun flag as a symbol of Japan's militaristic and past. Japan needs to be more humble about owning up to its historical ."
Relations between the two east-Asian nations have taken a in the past few months. They are currently embroiled in a trade war that has seen people in Korea burning Japanese . Many South Koreans are shunning Japan as a tourist , leading to Japanese carriers slashing the number of to South Korea. Last month, Japan removed South Korea from its "white " of trusted trade partners. This led to delays in the exports of like car parts and household electronics to South Korea. In , Koreans have been boycotting Japanese beer, clothing and other products. The spat poses a threat to the global supply of semi-conductors.