On August 16 Novelist Lee Oi-soo created controversy online after revealing a photoshopped picture of the Japanese Rising Sun Flag with a radioactive warning mark in the center.
The Rising Sun Flag is Japan’s national flag with red stripes spreading out from a center circle like a sun’s rays, representing Japanese nationalism and militarism.
Lee Oi-soo posted this picture and tweeted, “The rising poop flag, please RT to spread globally.”
The picture sharply parodied the Rising Sun Flag by replacing the center circle with a radioactive warning sign.
Top comments by the public on the flag included such reactions as “Lee Oi-soo’s radioactive Rising Sun Flag, well done to whoever made it”, “Lee Oi-soo’s radioactive Rising Sun Flag, making the Japanese feel guilty”, and “Lee Oi-soo’s radioactive Rising Sun Flag, are there any other parodies?”