A court in Japan, has awarded millions of dollars as compensation to a group of teachers for being forced to sing the Country’s National Anthem by the School administration.
The Tokyo Court has ruled that a massive 537 million yen ($4.5 million) be given as compensation to 22 former high school teachers by a high school management. The teachers were earlier forced to sing the National Anthem and were punished for refusing to do so by the high school.
The group of teachers who believes that the Educational system should not be nationalised, were avoided of any employment opportunities citing that they have not followed a command to sing the Anthem when asked to do so. Some critics opined, that the National Anthem of Japan amounts to a call to sacrifice oneself completely to the emperor and also support the militarism, to which many of the citizens oppose, the NDTV reports.
The issue is an aged one, with many teachers of the institutes battling over the legal confrontations of not singing the national anthem. Earlier in 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that not singing the National Anthem is a crime according to the constitution and that it is mandatory. However, it also warned that such cases must be treated with at most care as people have their own different opinion in each scenario.