Japanese textbooks to mention territorial claim

The Yomiuri Shinbun reports that the Education Ministry has released curriculum guidelines that include teaching children that the Liancourt Rocks (Takeshima), are Japanese territory:

The Education, Science and Technology Ministry will incorporate a description of the Takeshima islets in the Sea of Japan, over which Japan and South Korea claim sovereignty, as “Japanese territory” in its handbook on the revised curriculum guideline for social studies classes at middle schools, The Yomiuri Shimbun learned Saturday. It has also been reported that South Korea’s foreign minister has met with the Japanese ambassador to voice his government’s displeasure with the news.

The previous curriculum guidelines and handbooks have only referred to the territorial dispute between Japan and Russia over the Kunashiri, Etorofu, Shikotan and Habomai islands, known as the northern territories in Japan.

The Takeshima islets, which are under the administrative jurisdiction of Okinoshimacho, Shimane Prefecture, are known as Dokdo in South Korea.

In South Korea, where every child is taught to sing Dokdo propaganda songs and some schools even sanction anti-Japanese hate artwork about the dispute, the new move by Japan to teach children that the Japanese government claims the territory is being seen by the media as the starting point of a ‘new row‘ over the rocks.


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