National 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. The administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe authorized a ...

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.

Editorials 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.

National 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. Amid skepticism among critics ...

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.

National Jun 28, 2013

Texts that say teachers told to obey axed

The Tokyo board of education finds two textbooks inappropriate for high schools, as they state local governments are forcing teachers to sing the national anthem and hoist the Hinomaru flag.