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Members of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet on Tuesday voiced their approval for using the prewar Imperial Rescript on Education as a teaching material, drawing criticism that the government is trying to bring back antiquated values.

While the 1890 edict, which was used to promote Emperor-oriented and militaristic education before and during World War II, was abolished by the Diet in 1948, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference the government should allow for its use “under careful consideration so that it does not violate the Constitution and the basic education law.”

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