Thursday, September 30, 2004
japantoday > national Board urges principals to make students sing nationalÂ anthem
Thursday, September 30, 2004 at 05:37 JST
TOKYO Â The Tokyo metropolitan board of education has asked principals of metropolitan government-run schools to instruct teachers to make students stand and sing the Kimigayo anthem at school ceremonies, informed sources said Wednesday.
The request has stirred strong criticism, with a high school teachers' union in Tokyo saying it will violate students' freedom of thought and conscience. Responding to the request, principals at two high schools run by the Tokyo metropolitan government have issued an order to their teachers to follow it on the anniversary of their establishment on Oct 2. The teachers may be reprimanded if they refuse to obey. (Kyodo News)