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Japan’s PM Proudly Sings National Anthem

Japan’s PM Proudly Sings National Anthem

Submitted By: 8 January 2013 No Comment

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Hawkish Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his ruling party kicked off their first full working day of 2013 by singing the national anthem, seen by critics as a symbol of past imperialism and militarism.

The return of the 58-year-old Abe to the premiership following his conservative Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) landslide win in an election last month has raised concerns at home and abroad about a shift to the right in Japanese politics.

“We have returned the government to a party that can stoutly sing ‘Kimigayo’ at the start of business and truly been able to take a first step to ‘take back Japan’,” the Sankei newspaper quoted Abe as saying after he and other LDP members sang the anthem at an LDP meeting.

Read the rest of the story: Japan’s PM courts controversy by singing national anthem.

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