The Air Jordan 12 Causes Controversy Once Again in Korea

According to "The Korea Times", professor Seo Kyoung-duk has drafted a letter to Michael Jordan, Mark Parker, Tinker Hatfield, and several other Nike executives with his concerns over the Air Jordan 12's upper design, which he has drawn comparisons to it resembling the Japanese military flag. 

I would like to encourage the executives to avoid making the same mistakes in the future by helping them realize their insensitivity, indifference, and ignorance of historical facts
— Kyoung-duk

The Rising Sun Flag is considered to be offensive throughout Korea and China due to its connection and representation of Imperial Japan and connotations with Nazi Germany. This is the second time that concerns and outcry has occurred regarding the Air Jordan 12 and its connection with the Rising Sun Flag. Back in 2009, Jordan Brand postponed the Air Jordan 12 Retro "Rising Sun" to remove the insoles which featured the Rising Sun graphic. 

According to the article, Nike has canceled Air Jordan 12 releases in the Korea region for a foreseeable future, but Kyoung-duk does not think that's enough. He would like to see the brand stop selling the offensive sneaker worldwide. 

An overwhelming number of consumers across the world are purchasing sneakers, and many of them do not know the design resembles the Rising Sun flag
— Kyoung-duk

Below is a photo of the Rising Sun flag, although you can draw a comparison between the lines of the flag and the lines of the Air Jordan 12 leather upper, do you think Nike should stop selling the Air Jordan 12 completely? Leave your thoughts in the comments below

Rising Sun Flag 

Rising Sun Flag