What does the swastika mean in Japan??

When I visited japan I saw a lot of swastikas... so I am assuming it doesnt mean the same thing in japan as it did during WW2 in germany. They were on storm grates, some buildings had them like a design around the top, and some japanese flags had white flags with red swastikas flying below them. I know... show more When I visited japan I saw a lot of swastikas... so I am assuming it doesnt mean the same thing in japan as it did during WW2 in germany.

They were on storm grates, some buildings had them like a design around the top, and some japanese flags had white flags with red swastikas flying below them.

I know the swastika was a paegan symbol for peace a long long time ago... what does it mean in Japan?
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