Flag of Japan (GIF)

The national flag of Japan is a white flag with a red disc in the center. The red disc on a white background represents the Sun. The sun is important to the Japanese because of its role in mythology and religion. Also, the red color of the symbolic sun is said to represent a prosperous future for Japan. The color white symbolizes the purity, honesty, and integrity of the Japanese people. The height-to-width ratio in the flag is 2:3, and the current version of the flag was adopted on August 13, 1999.

Its emblem consists of a 16-petalled chrysanthemum flower, a symbol of the Japanese Royal Highness, the Emperor and his family.

The Japan flag is waving on a flagpole rising from the world globe.
Japan is a sovereign island country in East Asia, located in the Pacific Ocean. Its capital is Tokyo, and its population is about 126,440,000.

The waving flag of Japan with its seal (unofficial)

Capital and largest city:Tokyo (pop. 662,000)
Other major cities:Yokohama (3,740,000)
Osaka (2,725,000)
Nagoya (2,320,000)
Official languages:Japanese
Region:Eastern Asia
Ethnic groups:98.1% Japanese
0.5% Korean
0.4% Chinese
1% Other
Religion:51.8% Folk Shinto / None
34.9% Buddhism
4% Shinto sects
2.3% Christianity
7% No answer
Area:377,973 km²
(145,936 sq mi)

Keywords: Flag and seal of Japan - Nisshōki - Hinomaru (Japanese: 日本の国旗とシール - 日章旗 - 日の丸), GIF

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