Recently the NHK News on-line reported the following:
17 teachers were given punishment in the form of disciplinary warning by the Osaka board of education for breaking the job instruction that was given out based on an ordinance in that they did not stand up and sing Kimigayo together at the graduation ceremony of a prefecture high school.
In Osaka prefecture the ordinance that was enforced in June last year had imposed on school staff the duty to stand up and sing Kimigayo together in public schools during ceremonies, such as a graduation ceremony; the board of education of the prefecture in January this year took out this job instruction to all school staff which directed them to stand up and sing together at the prefecture schools during the graduation ceremony. It was the first time since the ordinance was in force.
According to the board of education of the prefecture, at the graduation ceremony of the prefecture high school last month, in total 17 teachers did not stand up, and on the 9th it considered giving out punishment of disciplinary caution towards these 17 people.
Some teachers described that "it is a problem that has a connection with the principle of belief", or "does not want to talk about a reason"; also some teachers refused the investigation of the board of education.
In the graduation ceremonies this month so far 12 people had not stood up; the board of education of the prefecture said that regarding these people, and also those school staff who did not stand up at the graduation ceremony in the prefecture school held from now on would be dealt with seriously.
Section Chief Shin-ichi Nakano of the Osaka board-of-education school staff personnel division supposed that "I am very sorry as it is such a solemn day to see the students off."
All graduation ceremonies in prefecture schools would be organized up to the 16th of this month.
It is interesting to note that teachers in Osaka are fighting back regarding this new instruction.