A Japanese surveillance plane flies over the disputed islands in the East China Sea, called the Senkakus in Japan and Diaoyus in China. Japan has set up a museum in Tokyo on territories it claims it has inherent sovereignty over. Photo: AP/Kyodo News

Patriotism is in the air in Japan, but most citizens ignore the nationalistic fervour

Jeff Kingston says the recent opening in Tokyo of a museum dedicated to disputed territories marks the beginning of a month of nationalistic celebrations in Japan. The average Japanese citizen, however, appears uninterested in these displays

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A Japanese surveillance plane flies over the disputed islands in the East China Sea, called the Senkakus in Japan and Diaoyus in China. Japan has set up a museum in Tokyo on territories it claims it has inherent sovereignty over. Photo: AP/Kyodo News
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