Japan modifies school manuals, claims Senkakus

5 years ago by in Japan, Politics

The teaching manuals for junior and senior high school students will be modified for Japan to claim the controversial Senkaku islands, according to Japanese Education Minister Hakubun Shimonura.

Japan is having a long-lasting territorial conflict over the control of Senkaku islands with China.

The new school manuals state the Senkakus are Japan’s “integral parts”, and the new revisions have been approved by the Education ministry. The changes will modify the lessons of history and geography in schools, the international press reports.

It will claim that the islands in the East China Sea, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, as well as the South Korea-controlled Dokdo islands that Japan calls Takeshima are integral parts of Japanese territory.

“From the educational point of view, it is natural for a state to teach its children about integral parts of its own territory,” Education Minister Hakubun Shimomura said. “With the co-operation of our Foreign Ministry, we will explain the country’s position to our neighbors,” he added.

China reacted promptly: “We once more urge Japan to respect historic realities, stop provocations and teach the younger generation a correct historical perspective,” the spokeswoman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.

It is not the first time when Japan is modifying manuals. In the past, it has revised many contents of history books of secondary schools, in what has always been perceived as the country’s efforts to whitewash the actions of the Empire of Japan during World War II.