Monday, January 26, 2004

Teachers to sue Tokyo over anthem

The teachers claim it is unconstitutional to force pupils and teachers to stand and sing "Kimigayo" at school ceremonies.

The group will demand that the metropolitan government pay each of them 30,000 yen in compensation over the "psychological suffering" that has resulted from the board's order. They will also demand that the board refrain from punishing them for disobeying the order.

Wow. For singing the national anthem, and only at school ceremonies. We sang O Canada every morning of the school year! Maybe I could get a whole heap of money for my mental anguish...

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