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Regarding the Feb. 18 article “Whose Japan deserves youth’s patriotism now?“: I believe patriotism must be taught at school. Since 2000, some 875 public school teachers have refused to pay their respect to the national flag and anthem at school ceremonies. Given the influence they wield as teachers, their behavior is certain to make some students despise their own country. Patriotism requires people to sacrifice themselves in times of war. These days schools fail to imbue a proper sense of obligation in students, and overemphasize rights such as freedom.

misao nakaya

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