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Japanese Schoolgirls Are Reclaiming the Swastika Symbol

japanese buddhist swastika symbol used by schoolgirls

Mostly recognized as a symbol of antisemitism and terror because of its association with Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party, the swastika is also an icon widely used in ancient religions in many parts of Asia to convey “mercy” or “good fortune.”

In modern Japan, where it is referred to as manji (written as 卍), the swastika has become popular among the youth, with schoolgirls often incorporating the symbol in selfies and photos posted on social media.