Small Town in Japan Wins Textbook Battle with Gov't

The island town of Taketomi in Okinawa, Japan has won a battle with the rightwing central government over the use of a social studies textbook.

The town earlier refused to adopt the textbook for junior high schools saying it fails to document the true burden Okinawa faces in hosting U.S. military bases.

The case went to a tribunal in Tokyo's Education Ministry, which ordered the town to stick with the book.

Published by Ikuhosha Publishing in Tokyo, the book was selected by the regional textbook council that covers the island of Taketomi.

But the Okinawa Prefecture board of education on Wednesday allowed Taketomi not to use the conservative text and replace it with another which is relatively neutral on the issue.

The Diet passed a bill last month allowing municipalities to form their own textbook councils.

englishnews@chosun.com / May 22, 2014 11:40 KST