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A poster promoting national pride has been the source of much confusion in Japan in recent weeks.

The posters around Kyoto were warmly welcomed by some, but touched a nerve among those concerned about rising right-wing nationalism...

...Kyoto residents began noticing the posters around the city earlier this month. They feature a girl smiling in front of the Japanese flag.

"I'm glad to be Japanese. Raise the Hinomaru with pride in your heart," the poster states, using the Japanese word for the flag.

So why did this bother people?

On the surface the poster appears to promote benign patriotism. As one person said on Twitter: "What's wrong with being proud of your country in your country?"

But others saw it as unsettling nationalism. In recent years, right-wing conservative groups have become more vocal, advocating a move away from post-war pacifism and a revisionist take on Japan's wartime history...

- But now there's a twist, as it has emerged that the model they feature is actually Chinese.
Keep your stinkin' government hands off my Medicare.


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