Tokyo Greenlights Textbooks Claiming Korean Islets

      March 21, 2016 12:31

      Hideo Suzuki, a minister at the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, arrives at the Foreign Ministry on Friday.

      The Japanese government on Friday gave the green light to dozens of high school textbooks that spout territorial claims to Korea's Dokdo islets and whitewash atrocities like the Kanto massacre.

      The Japanese Education Ministry announced the results of a review of 261 high school textbooks to be used from next year. All parrot flimsy colonial claims to Korea's easternmost islets and to the Senkaku or Diaoyu islands that are disputed with China.

      There are still more high school textbooks awaiting review that also present the claim as fact.

      Experts said publishers of textbooks that were neutral on the issues may have buckled under government pressure.

      The Foreign Ministry here has summoned Hideo Suzuki, a minister at the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, to lodge a protest. 

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