Japan education ministry eyes revising school textbooks’ historical, geographical content


TOKYO, Nov. 15 — Japan’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Hakubun Shimomura, on Friday said the education ministry plans to revise and implement new screening guidelines for textbooks to be used in history and geography classes in elementary and high schools nationwide.
Shimomura said that the current text books used in state schools here do not reflect the government’s stance on certain historical and geographical criteria and need to be updated to reflect current views here and adhere to education policy which maintains patriotic ideologies need to be fostered through state- designated curriculums.
At a press briefing Friday Shimomura said that the current textbooks being used in schools do not adhere to the “spirit of the law” and as such need to be revised and textbooks not complying to the basic law of education will be abolished.
Under the new education law amendments, Japan’s educational revitalization committee, which falls under the jurisdiction of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party — In our previous story of “Japan’s Right Turn” series, we mentioned Toru Hashimoto, the mayor of Osaka. In this story, we will introduce Japanese history textbooks and the fight to whitewash the actions of Japan during World War II.
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