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Flags and Fanfares: The Hinomaru Flag and Kimigayo Anthem

INTRODUCTION This chapter considers the controversy which has arisen regarding the use of the Hinomaru flag and Kimigayo anthem in the Japanese state school system. This dispute has been widely regarded as evidence of the rise of a new spirit of nationalism in a Japan seeking to reassert its distinctive identity after the restrictions imposed by the Cold War. The chapter attempts to modify this rather simplistic and two-dimensional perception of the controversy.