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(Red Flag). Newspaper; principal organ of the Japan Communist Party. It is the oldest extant party newspaper in Japan, having been launched in 1928 under the name Sekki; it was renamed Akahata in 1946. (Sekki and akahata are two different pronunciations of the same Chinese characters meaning "red flag.") With a circulation of about 3 million, it has considerable impact on public opinion in Japan. (adapted from Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. Tokyo: Kodansha, 1993)

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