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The board of education in the city of Nara is planning a potentially contentious survey on whether schools displayed the Hinomaru national flag Thursday, the 20th anniversary of Emperor Akihito’s enthronement.

It was the only major board of education that clearly said in a recent questionnaire it is planning such a survey, which could be interpreted as pressuring schools to show the flag despite criticism that forcing its display would resemble the militaristic practices of the war.

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