Originally Posted by systemdnb
I'm aware of the Swastika's origin...
The point I was trying to make with you is that their not the same at all. People all around the world know the Swastika is offensive and since WW2 has been associated with the genocide of millions of Jewish people. Do you really think the rising sun is common knowledge in places other than Asian countries? If so I'll just shut up now. I think it was a horrible comparison.
No, the Swastika is NOT necessarily perceived as offensive all over the world. It's only perceived that offensive in the WESTERN world (Europe & North America) and former Soviet Union. In Asia and Africa, only well educated people know its offensive nature in the Nazi-context. Apart from that, it's not perceived offensive at all in Asia as it is still a commonly used symbol in Buddhism and Hinduism.
So in fact, probably more people on the world feel the Rising Sun flag offensive (China, Korea, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia etc. ~ 2 Billion) than the Swastika (Europe, North America & Australia, former Soviet states ~ 1,5 Billion). That makes it a valid comparison, even if in detail there are differences in the type of war crimes.