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A private junior high school in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, has decided to use a controversial history textbook compiled by nationalist historians beginning next April, a survey by the prefectural education board said Friday.

Makoto Toko, vice principal of Koshien Gakuin Junior High School, said the school chose the textbook after deciding its content was objective and not philosophically biased. Some officials, however, said it used difficult words and expressions.

He also said the textbook was accurate about Japan’s position in the world.

Private junior high schools in Mie and Gifu prefectures have already decided to adopt the textbook.

The textbook, authored by a group of scholars from the Japanese Society for History Textbook Reform and published by Fuso Publishing Inc., has caused outrage in South Korea and China. The two countries say it glosses over Japanese wartime atrocities.

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