TOKYOJapan’s century-old imperial proclamation urging people to be willing to die for the emperor was consigned to history books until video surfaced showing children in an Osaka kindergarten enthusiastically reciting it.A cabinet decision allowing schools to teach the long-banished edict, which was used to promote militarism in the 1930s and 1940s, has delighted hardcore nationalists but left many Japanese scratching their heads.ARCHAIC PROCLAMATIONOthers were horrified at the sight of youngsters chanting the archaic proclamation, even as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife, Akie, praised them during a visit to the school, run by a nationalist seeking to inculcate pupils with pre-war values.The once-revered Imperial Rescript on Education, issued in 1890, was abolished after Japan’s World War II defeat at the hands of… Next »
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