More on the national anthem and flag

This was a waker-upper this morning. An article from the BBC on Japan’s national anthem and flag and how teachers are being persecuted and prosecuted for not showing symbolic respect for them.

‘Takayuchi Tsuchiya is a (Tokyo) city councillor who wholeheartedly backs Governor Ishihara’s new rule. “Singing Kimigayo will help promote a sense of national unity,” he told me.’

‘Mr Takayuchi has no sympathy for rebel teachers. He dismisses them as communists who want to indoctrinate the children.’

‘Open debate on divisive issues is strongly discouraged for fear it would disturb social harmony.’

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s