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Thursday, December 16, 2004

Why Japan Needs Its Own Bill O'Reilly

Tonight on the O'Saka Factor, denigrating the flag!:

"Patriotic feelings can't grow by force," he said. Takayuki Tsuchiya, a Tokyo assemblyman, said the new regulation was necessary to counterbalance decades of leftist lectures by teachers, especially members of the Japan Teachers' Union. For decades, he said, the teachers have led a campaign to denigrate the nation's symbols, placing the flag next to toilets.

Gotta love the Japanese, man. They're not all in your face with burning the flag, they just put it up by the toilet to show their feelings.

That's actually a rather fascinating NYT article I linked above on the trend toward compulsory patriotism in Japan. Reminds me of a country I know...