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Toru Nakahara, a lawyer-turned-school principal who at 42 became the youngest head of a prefectural board of education, is a pal of controversial right-leaning Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto and a stickler for making sure teachers sing the national anthem at school ceremonies.

Nakahara, who took up the post of Osaka Prefecture’s superintendent of education on April 1 and is now 43, said he aims to teach children so they obtain “the ability to remain confident and live in this globalized society.”

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