Japan: Flag                                                         

  • —  The current Japanese flag was first used February 27, 1870. 


  • —  The flag’s name is Hinomaru, the sun-disk flag.


  • —  The white background is said to stand for purity and integrity.


  • —  The red disk stands for sincerity, brightness and warmth.


  • —  The flag symbolizes the Japanese ideal of: Akaki kiyoki tadashiki naoki makoto no kokoro, which means “Bright, pure, just, and gentle of heart.”