While Samurai Life does indeed proudly sport the Rising Sun flag – which stood for Japanese bushido and militarism before the war crimes of the Imperial Japanese Army 1931-45 – I will not defend the crimes committed under that flag.
Ryo Chonan seems less concerned, not to mention less scientific/philosophical in his own views.
My own response to the a-typical thinly-veiled loaded comment of a facebook notorious was as follows:
“Unlike most, I was aware of this flag’s origin prior to Chan Sung Jung (who expressed disapproval of GSP’s use of the emblem). The Rising Sun goes beyond the Imperial Japanese Army 1931-1945. It represents/represented all military aspects of Japan, is still its naval flag, and besides, the flag of Japan itself was used by the army during WWII also.
(In response to how ‘unsettling’ the use of the flag was)
I find the Allied firebombing of Tokyo and the two nuclear holocausts unleashed on Japan very unsettling.
All Korean enlistments into the Imperial Japanese Army prior to 1944 were voluntary.
Japanese fighter, DEEP Middleweight champion and former PRIDE FC superstar Ryo Chonan – most known for his terrific leg-scissor-cum-heel hook submission win over longtime UFC champion Anderson Silva was a little more heated, and somewhat less clinical;
“All the people complaining about the Rising Sun flag is an idiot. Learn history! Even though that might be too much for you idiots.”
I don’t care about the comfort women (girls and women essentially held captive in a life of enforced prostitution in the Imperial Japanese Army), go make more statues in Korea. Japan is too busy.”
There is a lot of exaggerations and anti-Japanese education in regards to Japanese involvement in World War II.”
Japan actually helped Korea and made it a developed country. Also when Japan was there Korea was not divided between North and South.”
I may be a de facto defender of the Rising Sun, but the line about comfort women was pretty harsh, Ryo. Imagine if your own daughter, girlfriend or mother was repeatedly raped by randy soldiers for no financial recompense, merely food and dubious accommodation through the course of war.
And one revealing line reads thusly; “There is a lot of exaggerations and anti-Japanese education in regards to Japanese involvement in World War II.” Hmm… something tells me Chonan is a Nanking revisionist. You know, one of the newfangled Japanese who refuted all claims that hundreds of thousands of women were raped and men tortured to death at the old Chinese capital city in 1937 and that it was all false propaganda… despite many thousands of foreign nationals witnessing the carnage firsthand from their “International Zone”.
Ryo, Ryo, Ryo… next you’ll be telling us Unit 731 didn’t exist, you naughty poodle.