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Tokyo’s education authorities have ordered head teachers to make sure students stand to attention and sing the national anthem. Since 1999 it has
been compulsory to stand for the anthem. Tokyo alone has handed out warnings, suspensions, pay cuts and sackings to more than 300 education
staff for anthem-related offences since 2003.

I wonder why the Americans have not caught onto that one. Anthem related offences seems to me to be a great reason to put people on a chain gang like in Cool Hand Luke. Perhaps they could have flag related offences too.

Thankfully we are more civilised about our anthem, flag and stuff in Europe. I hate to think how many anthem related crimes I have committed over the years.

“She is notorious, useless and spurious,
still she reigns over us…etc.”

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