Law Regarding the National Flag and National Anthem
Law Regarding the National Flag and National Anthem (Law No. 127 of August 13, 1999)
Article 1: The Nisshōki shall be the National Flag.
Section 2: The construction details of the Nisshōki shall be published in Appendix 1 of this Law.
Article 2: Kimigayo shall be the National Anthem.
Section 2: The lyrics and musical notation of Kimigayo shall be published in Appendix 2 of this Law.
Article 1: This Law will come into force upon its promulgation.
(Repeal of Previous Ordinance)
Article 2: The Ordinance "Proclamation No. 57 on February 27, 1870" shall be repealed.
(Exceptions to the Law)
Article 3: For flags manufactured before the passage of this Law, notwithstanding the provisions in this Law, the flag's ratio may be seven units length by ten units width (7:10 ratio) and the sun is placed in the center of the flag and shifted 1/100ths toward the hoist.
- Flag ratio: Two units length and three units width (2:3)
- Nisshō size: 3/5ths of the flag's total length
- Position of the Nisshō on the flag: Direct center
Section 2: Colors
- Background: White
- Nisshō: Dark red
(Related to Article 2)
The lyrics and musical notation for Kimigayo:
Section 1 - Lyrics
- 君が代は 千代に八千代に さざれ石の いわおとなりて こけのむすまで (Kimi ga Yo wa, Chiyo ni Yachiyo ni, Sazare-ishi no, Iwao to narite, Koke no musu made.)