Okinawa town wins battle over conservative text

Kyodo

Okinawa Prefecture’s board of education on Wednesday allowed a local school board to shun a conservative textbook selected by the regional textbook adoption council.

The Taketomi board of education had earlier refused to accept the junior high school social studies textbook that it said fails to document the true burden Okinawa faces in hosting U.S. military bases.

The case went to a tribunal at the education ministry, which ordered the town to stick with the book. That order is now overruled.

Published by Tokyo-based Ikuhosha Publishing Inc., the book was selected by the regional council that covers the islands of Taketomi, Ishigaki and Yonaguni.

The Taketomi board has collected public donations to purchase a textbook published by Tokyo Shoseki Co., which it delivered directly to junior high school students.

The Diet passed a legal revision bill last month allowing municipalities to form their own textbook councils.