JAPAN: A Short History. Supervised by John Gillespie. New York/Tokyo: ICG Muse Inc. 2001, 80 pp., map, profusely illustrated, 950 yen.

It is agendas, not events, that determine what we chronicle. For example, consider the current fracas about the textbook corrected by the Japanese Society for History Textbook Reform, the one that was recently approved by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

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