February 15, 2017 11:07
The Japanese government on its website Tuesday published revised guidelines requiring all elementary and middle schools to teach that Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo are Japanese territory.
The guidelines set out the content and amount of lessons that Japanese students must learn for each subject. This is the first time Tokyo has made it mandatory to teach the colonial claim, which even many Japanese historians consider bogus.
So far such guidelines have only been recommendations, so for elementary school textbooks they have been reflected in three out of four textbooks used by fifth and sixth graders.
Nam Sang-koo at the Northeast Asia History Foundation here said, "The measure reflects the Abe administration's firm resolve to strengthen education stressing Japan's territorial claims."
Dokdo consists of a couple of uninhabited rocky islets that are inaccessible for part of the year but surrounded by rich fishing grounds and underwater resources.
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