National Jan 9, 2015

Textbook publisher to delete, dilute 'comfort women' passages

A Tokyo-based textbook publisher has obtained government approval to delete depictions of "comfort women" and references to foreign workers forcibly brought to Japan, from its high school social studies books, sources said Friday. The education ministry approved publisher Suken Shuppan's November request to delete such ...

National Apr 4, 2014

Virginia passes law on 'East Sea'

Legislation requiring that the Korean name for the Sea of Japan be included in new school textbooks has become law in the state of Virginia, a victory for Korean-American campaigners in the U.S. backed by the South Korean government. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed the ...

National / Politics Apr 4, 2014

Seoul blasts textbook plan

South Korea on Friday criticized a move by Japan to include the government's territorial claims to two tiny South Korean-held islands in elementary school textbooks. "Our government strongly criticizes the Japanese government's approval of elementary textbooks that stepped up the level of provocation over Dokdo," ...

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 ...