Tag - textbooks



Japan Times
Nov 28, 2015
Asia mostly backsliding on democratic values
In Japan, lawyers are fortunately not arrested by the state for doing their job, as they are in China. Nor are academics faced with indictment for challenging mainstream history narratives, as in South Korea.
Japan Times
Nov 7, 2015
South Korea's new state textbook 'corrects' history
South Korea recently announced plans for a revisionist textbook that will whitewash that country's history and has the academic community outraged over political meddling. At least the move gives South Korean President Park Geun-hye something in common with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Japan Times
Oct 30, 2015
Sanseido rapped after paying 11 principals to vet textbook
Major publisher Sanseido Co. paid junior high school principals last year for feedback on an English textbook under government screening, despite rules prohibiting outside access, education officials said Friday.
Japan Times
Jun 1, 2015
E-textbooks to open digital can of worms
As the world goes digital, many schools are trying to introduce digital materials into the classroom to encourage studying and meet the needs of students' increasingly diverse needs.
May 12, 2015
Academics denounce 'foolish' policy of rewriting uncomfortable facts in school textbooks
Scholars representing three academic associations call on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government to revise its 'foolish' rules dictating changes in school textbooks, which they allege are designed to indoctrinate pupils with certain political views.
Apr 13, 2015
Textbooks toe the government line
The government would do well to remember that uniform textbooks compiled by the state during and before World War II went hand in hand with Japan's militarism.
Mar 4, 2015
Schools told not to use 'inappropriate' supplementary teaching materials
The education ministry has issued a notice to boards of education across the country urging teachers not to use "inappropriate" supplementary learning materials, in the first move of its kind in decades.
Japan Times
Nov 24, 2014
Like Japan, South Korea embroiled in textbook battle
A 17-year-old Korean girl tortured to death for opposing Japanese colonial rulers nearly a century ago has become the latest touchstone of the nationalism that is shadowing Asia's economic rise.
Nov 7, 2014
Putin's cronies fight for Russia's textbooks
Larger school textbook publishers who have no problem with Russia's growth into an ideological state under President Vladimir Putin are allowed to make money.
Jul 3, 2014
Textbook publishers mull revisions on description of collective self-defense
Publishers of civics textbooks for junior high and high schools are considering modifying their descriptions of collective self-defense, given the government's move this week to allow the country to exercise the controversial right, NHK reported Thursday.
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.
JAPAN / 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.
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.
Japan Times
Mar 8, 2014
Media complicit in normalizing xenophobia
Since Japanese reporters are averse to characterizing domestic right-wing positions as being extreme, those positions come across as being normal, even sensible.
Jan 31, 2014
Reckless politicization of textbooks
A revised government guideline for textbook writing states that the Takeshima islets in the Sea of Japan and the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea are to be treated unequivovally as Japan's territories.
Japan Times
Jan 28, 2014
Japan teacher manuals state official positions on Senkaku and Takeshima isles
The education ministry instructs junior high and high school teachers to use newly revised manuals to teach their students that the Senkaku Islands and Takeshima islets are “integral parts of Japanese territory.”
Jan 11, 2014
History textbook wars cross borders
Japan is hardly alone in confronting shame about past events and whether to describe them in textbooks. Germany, the United States and China are undergoing similar debates.
Nov 14, 2013
History texts to get official spin
The education ministry plans to have textbooks for elementary, junior high and high schools reflect the government's position on 'historical facts.'
Nov 7, 2013
Government-OK'd ethics texts may hit schools
An expert panel of the education ministry has recommended that ethics should be upgraded to part of the official curriculum in public elementary and junior high schools and that government-authorized textbooks should be used in teaching the subject, a source said.
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.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
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