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Teachers will be punished for not singing anthem


17 Jan 2004
The Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education said Tuesday it will punish teachers at public high schools in the capital who refused to stand up and sing the "Kimigayo" national anthem at graduation ceremonies this month.
Nearly 200 teachers at metropolitan government-run high schools refused to sing the anthem at ceremonies in March, a group of such teachers and their supporters said. The number of teachers to be penalized and the specifics of the punishment have not been released.

The education board issued a notice in October to the principals of 347 public high schools and schools for disabled children, telling them to ensure that all teachers rise and sing the anthem while facing the Hinomaru national flag hoisted at the center of the ceremony stage.

Japan Times
In today's JT there was another interesting article related to Japanese school curricula:

Kids to learn about North Korea abductions, Sept. 11 attacks

The abduction of Japanese nationals to North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s and the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack in the US have been included for the first time in the elementary school textbooks. The books will be used in the 2005 academic year.


Just wondered.... how about focusing a bit more on Japan's past....?
At my schools, not big city Tokyo but still, the teachers do stand. But the only ones who sing are the old farts from city hall. The kid only stand if they want to.
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