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Following Monday’s approval of legislation legally recognizing the Hinomaru as Japan’s national flag and “Kimigayo” as the anthem, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiromu Nonaka announced Tuesday guidelines regarding the official symbols for government organizations to follow.

During the day’s regular Cabinet meeting, Nonaka said the government organizations — including local governments and public corporations — should follow the standard design of the Hinomaru stipulated by the law when procuring a new national flag.

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