The BBC has a report on the passing of a bill in Japan’s lower house of parliament that will encourage teachers to boost patriotism and national pride among students.

The bill calls on teachers to instil thinking among students “respecting tradition and culture and loving the nation and homeland.”

Japan’s new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has strongly backed the bill.

There are opponents that fear this may encourage a resurgence of nationalism and push Japan back towards Imperialism but I doubt it. In fact it could result the opposite because now the exact message can be controlled as part of a state curriculum.