Nationalists’ history text clears school screening

Kyodo News

A history textbook authored by a group of nationalist scholars was one of two books to clear the education ministry’s textbook screening for the 2008 academic year, which ended in March, the ministry said Thursday.

Authored by the Japanese Society for History Textbook Reform, the junior high history book will be published by Tokyo-based Jiyusha publishing company.

The group’s Japanese history textbooks have been criticized for glossing over the nation’s wartime past.

Before being cleared, the latest history text was revised to address 516 errors noted by screeners at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

Also passing after failing twice in school years 2006 and 2007 because of numerous errors was a biology text for high schools published by Tokyo Shoseki Co., a major textbook publisher.

It is the first Japanese biology textbook to discuss iPS cells, or induced pluripotent stem cells, and Kyoto University researcher Shinya Yamanaka, who has successfully reprogrammed human skin cells to create iPS cells.

Both textbooks will be used starting next spring, ministry officials said.

Textbooks need to clear the education ministry’s screening for use in the nation’s classrooms.