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A public elementary school teacher filed a lawsuit Friday against the city of Kunitachi and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government over the compulsory display of the national flag at school ceremonies.

In the lawsuit filed at the Tokyo District Court, Miwako Sato, a veteran music teacher in Kunitachi, western Tokyo, claims she suffered psychological damage after being punished by the city’s education board for wearing a small blue ribbon at a commencement ceremony in March 2000 to express her opposition to displaying the flag at the ceremony.

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