Roughly 90 out of 100 residents polled by The Japan Times in Tokyo, Osaka and Hiroshima this week said they recognize the Hinomaru flag as a national symbol, but almost 40 opposed “Kimigayo” as the national anthem.

The street interviews were done before the expected passage Monday of a bill to legally recognize the Hinomaru as Japan’s national flag and “Kimigayo” as the anthem.

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