Japanese teachers forced to sing national anthem

07/12/2004 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

A new Tokyo school board policy, upheld by the city's High Court, requires teachers to lead students in the singing of the national anthem or face discipline. Although defenders of the practice say it instills patriotism, some worry that required singing of the anthem, penned during a bloody era of Japanese imperialism in the late 19th century, is similar to the "coerced patriotism" that preceded WWII.

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