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Hitler autobiography ‘Mein Kampf’ joins Imperial Rescript’s return to classrooms

JIJI

The government has decided to tolerate the use of Adolf Hitler’s autobiography “Mein Kampf” (“My Struggle”) as teaching material in schools.

In a written answer approved at a Cabinet meeting Friday in response to an opposition lawmaker’s questions, the government said the German dictator’s book can be used in a way that adheres to the spirit of the basic education law, among other conditions.

If the book were used in a way that promotes racial discrimination, however, the government noted that would obviously be inappropriate and lead to a strict response from regulators.

In a similar move earlier this month, the government decided not to forbid the use in classrooms of the now-defunct Imperial Rescript on Education, the 19th century edict on patriotism that critics say played an instrumental role in Japan’s entry into World War II.