The Rising Sun Flag featured in the original edit of the video
Muse have had to pull, edit and re-upload the video for their forthcoming single ‘Panic Station’ after its inclusion of the Imperial Japanese Army Flag offended fans.
The Fly reports that a host of East Asian fans were offended by the appearance of the Rising Sun Flag in the video intro as it is associated with Japanese WWII militarism, and is particularly controversial in China and Korea.
After fans expressed their concerns via Twitter, with some comparing the flag to the Nazi swastika, Muse issued an apology, writing:
The rest of the video sees the trio dressed up in outlandish faux fur and “cowboy raver” outfits, parading around the Shibuya Crossing area in Tokyo. Click above to watch the new version of the video.
‘Panic Station’ is set for release on June 3 and will feature a remix by French producer Madeon.
The band, who released their most recent album ‘The 2nd Law’ in 2012, will soon play four huge shows in the UK, starting in Coventry on May 22 before two gigs at London’s Emirates Stadium, home to Arsenal FC, on May 25 and 26.
The short jaunt will end in Manchester on June 1. Dizzee Rascal will support on all dates.
Speaking previously about what’s in store for the shows, frontman Matt Bellamy said: “We’ve got a bunch of new songs to play and the show is going to be completely different to last time. This tour we’re trying to reach out and be closer to the fans. I think the last tour we were a bit distant at times. This time we have got a bigger stage and the thrust to get out there, shake hands – and I might do some stagediving.”
Muse will play:
Coventry Ricoh Arena (May 22)
London Emirates Stadium (25, 26)
Manchester Etihad Stadium (June 1)