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The Fukuoka High Court has upheld a district court ruling that acknowledged it is constitutional for public school principals to order teachers to sing the “Kimigayo” national anthem at school ceremonies.

In the first high court ruling on a refusal to sing the anthem, presiding Judge Shoichi Maruyama rejected the teachers’ claim that pay cuts imposed on them by the Kitakyushu Municipal Government for refusing to sing the anthem be nullified. The Fukuoka District Court, when it ruled on the suit in 2005, said some of the pay cuts should be nullifed.

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