In the latest discovery, Twitter user @pomegd (h/t Kotaku) noticed that part of the E. Honda bathhouse stage has been removed for the re-release of Street Fighter II: the Rising Sun which previously had been painted on the tiled wall.
The Rising Sun flag has been around for centuries, but eventually became known as the flag of the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy, and therefore as a symbol of imperialism. As a result, it is a controversial image across many parts of East Asia, in countries like South Korea, which was under Japanese rule until the end of the Second World War.
As Kotaku’s Brian Ashcraft notes, it’s not the first time the Rising Sun has been altered in Street Fighter. In Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, the Rising Sun flag was replaced with a simple sun design, rather than removed altogether.
It’s likely that the Rising Sun was removed in an effort not to offend any parts of the Street Fighter community.
Do you prefer the simplicity of the blank wall, or the balance of SFV’s sun design? Let us know in the comments.