An education ministry panel’s approval last April of a history textbook, which critics denounced as attempting to glorify Japan’s wartime past, drew a quick response from South Korean politicians.

Four South Korean lawmakers flew to Japan and lodged a complaint with the ministry, staged a sit-in before the Diet building in protest, and filed a lawsuit the following month with the Tokyo District Court, demanding that Fuso Publishing Inc., the publisher of the textbook, stop its publication and sale.

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