Kokumin girei
   The 'People's Rite'. A simple ritual initially comprising a moment's silence with head bowed in honour of the war dead. It was classified along with shrine visits as non-religious and therefore a civic duty. It had developed by 1945 into a practice of turning towards the imperial palace, singing the national anthem and reading an imperial rescript which was a compulsory element of every Buddhist, Christian, etc. service of worship.

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  • Fukei jiken —    The celebrated disloyalty incident of 1891 in which the patriotic protestant Christian teacher Uchimura, Kanzo initially refused to bow to the new Imperial Rescript on Education (kyoiku chokugo) installed in his school. When the story was… …   A Popular Dictionary of Shinto

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