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Maroon 5 removes Japanese Rising Sun flag from world tour promo following South Korea backlash

  • Maroon 5 has removed the Japanese Rising Sun flag design from the promotional poster for their 2022 world tour following backlash against the controversial symbol.
  • The band announced their upcoming tour schedule, including a stop in Seoul, on July 3.
  • Maroon 5 member Jesse Carmichael was previously embroiled in a similar controversy involving the flag in 2019.

Maroon 5 has changed the promotional poster for their 2022 world tour after receiving backlash for the original design consisting of the Japanese Rising Sun flag, which is symbolic of the nation’s wartime atrocities.  

The group released their tour schedule on their official website on July 3, announcing their first stop as Quebec City before moving on to Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka, Manila and Bangkok.