Japanese Teachers Balk at Anthem That Glorifies Emperor

English teacher Hiroko Arai knew she was putting her career on the line in 2004 when she refused to sing the Japanese national anthem and salute the flag during a school ceremony. But she felt she could not salute an anthem and a flag that glorifies an emperor and was an echo of Japan's militaristic past. Her silent protest, which cost her a reprimand and a 5 percent cut in bonus pay, is now headed to Japan's Supreme Court. "I've always taught my students they should stand up for what they...Full Story
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