A hotel in Anyang, Henan province has publicly apologised after photos were posted online appearing to show it flying the ‘Rising Sun Flag’ used by the Imperial Japanese army during WWII.
According to the SCMP, a hotel spokesperson claimed that the flag was erected on the advice of a feng-shui master to “dispel evil spirits and bring good fortune” after the sudden death of a shareholder prior to the building’s grand opening.
The spokesperson pointed out that the “good luck banner” was a rising sun on yellow background, rather than the white of the Japanese standard.
Qin Yongmin, speaking through clutched pearls to the Beijing Times, said the hotel broke advertising laws by promoting a message that “compromises the country’s reputation and hurts the nation’s feelings”.
For the sake of comparison, here is a photo taken in 1924 of the ‘Rising Sun’ flag being flown by a Japanese ship:
[Image via Weibo]