I taught on the JET program and among the teachers I taught with in Japan, patriotism seems to have been the last thing on the agenda.
We had a sports day that required a team of students to carry the national flag through the playing field, raise it and sing the Kimi Gaiyo(sp?), the Japanese national anthem. During practice the students kept dropping the corners of the flag, had no idea what to do with it once they got to the pole and didn’t know the words to the national anthem. The teacher’s response? Give me a tape of the song and have me spend many a boring hour having them sing along with it; I spoke little Japanese and I’ve no idea what they were singing…they could have been singing Bob Dylan covers for all I know.
Let’s not confuse patriotism with chauvinism, which I think all cultures are very good at.