The widow of a former prime minister and other graduates of Tokyo’s prestigious Hakuo High School said Monday they are fighting to keep the Tokyo board of education from approving a textbook they say glorifies war.
“The textbook, which does not even refer to the issue of ‘comfort women,’ is not appropriate to Hakuo, which has been supported by women,” said Mutsuko Miki, the wife of late Prime Minister Takeo Miki, referring to the textbook compiled by the Japanese Society for History Textbook Reform.
Hakuo High School, now a coeducational school with a history going back more than 100 years, will become Tokyo’s first government-run six-year secondary school in April.
Miki and others were set to push the education board Tuesday not to approve the textbook, which was edited by a group of nationalistic authors, at the new secondary school.
The group is concerned the education board will likely adopt the history textbook at the end of this month.
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