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Japan Times
Mar 28, 2023
South Korea lodges protest with Japan over new textbooks' descriptions
The concerns centered around textbooks that contained expressions about thorny issues related to territory and history, including claims over a group of islets.
Japan Times
Aug 26, 2022
Japan to start full use of digital textbooks from 2024
As is the case with paper textbooks, digital textbooks will be procured with state funds and made available to students for free of charge.
Japan Times
Mar 25, 2020
Japan education ministry wraps up screening textbooks under new guidelines
The education ministry said Tuesday it had completed its first screening of new textbooks under revised teaching guidelines that are planned to be fully implemented from April 2021, approving 106 textbooks in 10 subjects.
Japan Times
Aug 3, 2019
New Chinese history textbook to stress territorial rights over Japan-administered Senkakus
A new Chinese history textbook will stress that the disputed Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture have been part of China since ancient times, according to the Global Times, a newspaper affiliated with the Communist Party of China.
Japan Times
Mar 27, 2019
Japan rebuts China and South Korea's protests over textbooks outlining stance on disputed islands
All six social studies textbooks to be used by fifth- and sixth-grade students call the disputed areas an “inherent part of Japan's territory.”
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional voices: Chubu
Oct 1, 2018
Load lifted from students' shoulders as ministry recommends letting them leave textbooks at school
In early September, the education ministry issued a notice to boards of education nationwide asking schools to let students leave their textbooks and other study materials at school — the practice known as okiben in Japanese — to reduce the weight of their school bags.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 24, 2018
Cabinet adopts bills targeting hurdles to e-book use in schools
The Cabinet has adopted a bill that would allow digital textbooks to be used at elementary, junior high and high schools.
Japan Times
Jun 20, 2017
Myanmar adopts new first-grade curriculum with help from Japan
In its first major educational reform in almost 20 years, Myanmar has introduced a new curriculum for first-grade students developed with Japanese assistance.
Japan Times
Apr 18, 2017
Change to ethics textbook has bakeries up in arms
Controversy has been brewing after mention of a bakery in an elementary school ethics textbook was changed to a Japanese wagashi confectioner in response to suggestions from the education ministry that the publisher highlight "respect for tradition and culture."
Mar 24, 2017
New high school textbooks parrot Abe's foreign, defense policies
New high school textbooks cleared for use in 2018 are found to give more attention to the foreign and defense policies of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's conservative administration.
Japan Times
Mar 6, 2017
Let's discuss changes to education in Japan
The education ministry will lay out new school curriculum guidelines that urge elementary and junior high schools to teach students that the disputed Senkaku Islands and Takeshima islets are 'integral parts of Japanese territory.'
Feb 14, 2017
South Korea protests Japan's isle claim in school curriculum guidelines
Seoul has formally protested Japan's claims over a pair of South Korean-controlled islets, after the education ministry unveiled curriculum guidelines that for the first time urge elementary and junior high schools to teach students the islets are "integral parts of Japanese territory."
Feb 14, 2017
New education ministry guidelines to urge schools to teach that Senkakus, Takeshima belong to Japan
The education ministry is set lay out new curriculum guidelines that bind schools to teach young students the disputed Senkaku and Takeshima islets are “integral parts of Japanese territory.”
Jun 15, 2016
Publisher defies ban, provides free study materials to Gifu, Nagasaki schools
Major textbook publisher Taishukan Publishing Co. has been distributing study materials for free to public high schools in Gifu and Nagasaki prefectures despite the practice being banned, prefectural education boards have revealed.
Apr 22, 2016
Government panel supports use of digital textbooks in Japan's schools from 2020
An education ministry panel urges the government to allow schools to use digital textbooks from fiscal 2020.
Apr 5, 2016
Time to include teachers in textbook selections
Teachers are professionals who are less likely to be swayed by special interest groups. It's time to give them a louder voice in the textbook selection process.
Japan Times
Jan 22, 2016
Majority of Japan's textbook publishers breach government review rule: education ministry
A majority of the 22 textbook publishers for public primary and secondary schools in Japan have breached a government rule involving their approval, according to an announcement Friday by the education ministry.
Jan 9, 2016
Japan's largest textbook publisher violated pre-publication rule
Education ministry officials said Friday that Japan's largest textbook publisher violated rules by showing an unapproved English textbook to teachers it paid, the latest in a series of revelations that have cast doubt over the fairness of the textbook selection process.
Jan 5, 2016
Ban on showing textbooks to teachers before selection to be eased
Following a scandal involving publishing houses, the education ministry is planning to set up official opportunities to allow teachers to see textbooks while their boards of education decide whether to use them.
Dec 7, 2015
Textbook publisher apologizes over wining and dining of school principals
Publisher Sanseido Co. apologizes for plying school principals with free food, drinks and accommodations during 'consultations' on textbooks.


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