National May 21, 2014

Okinawa town wins battle over conservative text

Okinawa Prefecture's board of education on Wednesday allowed a local school board to shun a conservative textbook selected by the regional textbook adoption council. The Taketomi board of education had earlier refused to accept the junior high school social studies textbook that it said fails ...

National / Politics Apr 9, 2014

Textbook selection law enacted

A bill to revise the law governing how school textbooks are chosen cleared the Upper House on Wednesday, obliging boards of education to follow decisions by their municipalities' regional councils over the selection of common textbooks for local schools. The move comes in the wake ...

Editorials Mar 23, 2014

Education ministry's heavy hand

Two weeks before school starts, Japan's education minister tells the town of Taketomi, Okinawa Prefecture, that it may not use the junior high school civics textbook it adopted in place of the "conservative" textbook selected by an area-wide council.

National Mar 14, 2014

School board told to use conservative textbook

Education minister Hakubun Shimomura on Friday ordered the board of education in Taketomi, Okinawa Prefecture, to adopt a junior high school social studies textbook known for its conservative views, after the town chose another book in defiance of a regional council. It is the first ...

Editorials Oct 27, 2013

Taketomi Town's prerogative

The education ministry has cherry-picked a provision of the Local Autonomy Law to try to justify its order to compel a town in the Yaeyama Islands to adopt a textbook for junior high schools.

Editorials Oct 10, 2013

Political intervention in education

The education ministry should drop its threat to have Taketomi Town of Okinawa Prefecture declared a scofflaw for refusing to adopt a school civics textbook selected by an area council.