Japan Lawmakers OK Patriotism Bill

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A Japanese parliamentary committee approved a revised education law Thursday that would require schools to promote patriotism, part of the prime minister's efforts to distance Japan from its pacifist postwar system.

Critics have attacked the education reform as reminiscent of the pre-World War II system that encouraged children to sacrifice themselves for the emperor and nation.

The measure, a reform of Japan's 1947 education law, would call on schools to teach "love of country" and "public spirit."

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