Japanese Youngsters to Be Taught Dokdo Claim

The Japanese government on Tuesday put out guidelines for schools to teach youngsters about Tokyo's flimsy colonial claim to Korea's Dokdo islets and tell them that Korea illegally occupies them. Seoul demanded that Japan "immediately rectify" the measure.

The Japanese Education Ministry announced a regular revision of teaching guidelines that claim Dokdo is Japanese territory and instructed regional educational committees to adhere to them.

The guidelines claim that Korea "illegally occupies" Dokdo and that Japan continues to protest. They advise schools to teach children how Dokdo became "part of [Japanese] territory based on international laws."

The guidelines are used by publishers of school textbooks as well as middle and high school teachers.

Meanwhile, Tokyo said it plans to send a high-ranking official to a ceremony in Shimane Prefecture on Feb. 22 marking Takeshima Day after the Japanese name for the islets, the Asahi Shimbun reported.

Shimane Prefecture administered Dokdo during Japan's brutal colonial occupation of Korea that ended in 1945 and the rightwing regional government still believes itself to be in charge.

Education Minister Seo Nam-soo held an emergency briefing and called on Japan to "immediately rectify" the measures. Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kyou-hyun summoned Japanese Ambassador Koro Bessho earlier in the day to lodge a strong complaint.

The government plans to pursue joint research with China and publish reports detailing Japan's colonial and World War II atrocities.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 29, 2014 10:28 KST