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.”