The million dollar compensation
A Japanese court has awarded a huge compensatory price to a group of teachers who were punished for refusing to sing national anthem at graduation ceremony.
The Tokyo District Court stated on Monday that the municipal government must pay a total of 537 million yen (about $ 4.5 million) to the group of 22 high school teachers.
The teachers stated that the government schools in the city refused to hire them again under the scheme that extends employment post retirement age, because they did not follow the orders to sing the national anthem.
The reason for the refusal seems to be that the anthem calls to sacrifice oneself for the ruler and celebrates militarism.
On Monday, district judge Toru Yoshida said that the Tokyo government's refusal to re-hire the group was disproportionate to the offence.
Yoshida, while speaking to media stated, "There needs to be careful consideration when penalising people because they behaved in a way based on their own beliefs."