November 14, 2013 12:04
The latest Japanese school textbooks are expected to state that Korean victims of colonial and World War II atrocities were fully compensated for their suffering under a 1965 treaty.
That reflects Tokyo's official stance on the matter, the daily Yomiuri Shimbun reported Wednesday.
The Japanese Education Ministry under the rightwing stewardship of the Abe administration wants to reflect government policy more closely in textbooks.
Tokyo believes all its obligations to compensate Korean victims of the atrocities by imperial Japan were met with a lump payment under the 1965 treaty that normalized bilateral relations. It is refusing to honor any individual claims for abuses such as sexual slavery or forces labor.
The move comes after criticism from rightwing lawmakers in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party that some textbooks contain too much chest-beating and pacifism in describing historical events.
The new school textbooks will be officially approved in January after a review by experts.
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