American pop-rock band Maroon 5 removed the design of Japan’s imperial-era flag from the band’s official website Wednesday after the use of the image angered South Korean music fans ahead of its world tour that includes stops in Asian countries.
The band, which consists of Adam Levine as the lead singer, is one of the most iconic music groups who have a fanbase all over the world. Several songs of their have soared through the music charts, including Girls Like You, Payphone, Moves Like Jagger and more.
According to sources in the music scene, the band deleted the image of the Rising Sun Flag from the website Wednesday morning, replacing it with an image of the band, Yonhap news agency reported.
Maroon 5 used the design in the background of a post released Saturday to announce it will hold a world tour in November, including a stop in South Korea.
Many Koreans view the Rising Sun Flag, formerly used by the Japanese Imperial Army, as a symbol of the country’s past militarism. Since the post was released, many Korean fans have flocked to online communities to express their anger over the move.
Seo Kyoung-duk, a professor of Seoul’s Sungshin Women’s University who is known for his efforts to promote Korean interests abroad, also sent a protest letter to the group, asking it to delete the image. The band will hold a one-day concert at Seoul’s Gocheok Sky Dome on November 30, as part of the world tour.
It will mark the Maroon 5’s first performance in the country since February 2019.