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South Korean One Piece Exhibition Cancelled Due to Japanese Flag Art

posted on 2014-07-10 07:49 EDT
War Museum respecting activists during Japanese occupation finds flag inappropriate

Seoul, South Korea's War Museum announced on Thursday that it has cancelled a planned exhibition centered around Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga has been cancelled due to protests of the Japanese flag appearing in art being displayed, among other reasons.

The exhibit was scheduled to be held at the museum from Saturday until September 4, and mannequins of the characters and other pieces were planned to be displayed. Due to some opinions that the facility is a place of mourning for the activists that fought to gain independence from Japan when it occupied the country, the staff decided to cancel the event. According to the organizers, within the materials they were shown before permitting the event, there were no images of the Japanese flag. After hearing many opinions, the staff decided it would not be appropriate to hold the event.

Oda began serializing his One Piece pirate manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1997. Over 345 million copies of the entire manga series have been printed worldwide and has sold 130 million copies since 2009.

Source: Yomiuri Online


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