Apr 4, 2014

Virginia passes law on 'East Sea'

Legislation requiring that the Korean name for the Sea of Japan be included in new school textbooks has become law in the state of Virginia, a victory for Korean-American campaigners in the U.S. backed by the South Korean government. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed ...

Apr 4, 2014

Seoul blasts textbook plan

South Korea on Friday criticized a move by Japan to include the government’s territorial claims to two tiny South Korean-held islands in elementary school textbooks. “Our government strongly criticizes the Japanese government’s approval of elementary textbooks that stepped up the level of provocation over ...

Mar 14, 2014

School board told to use conservative textbook

Education minister Hakubun Shimomura on Friday ordered the board of education in Taketomi, Okinawa Prefecture, to adopt a junior high school social studies textbook known for its conservative views, after the town chose another book in defiance of a regional council. It is the ...

Dec 24, 2013

U.S. state to debate Sea of Japan vs. East Sea dispute

The Virginia Legislature will open debate next month on three bills related to the Japan-South Korea dispute over the name of the body of water between the two nations, a state senator said. The bills would require public school textbooks used in Virginia to ...

Sep 9, 2013

12 publishers to push tablets for classrooms

by Hiroki Noda

In a move toward full-scale digitization of education, 12 textbook publishers plan to develop a common platform for using tablet devices in classrooms. With the help of Hitachi Solutions Ltd., the 12 companies want as many schools as possible to be able to use ...

Aug 21, 2013

Texts alleging forced observance of anthem, flag axed

A Japanese history textbook that takes a critical look at the national anthem and flag controversy has been dropped for use at public high schools in Kanagawa Prefecture starting next school year at the prefectural board of education’s request. The unusual intervention by the ...