Memory and Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific


Ministry Passes New Controversial History Text
April 17, 2009, 5:53 pm
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On Thursday, April 9, 2009 the Japanese Ministry of Education, Science and Technology released the details of a new middle-school history textbook by the Japanese Society for History Textbook Reform (JSHTR) that passed its 2008 screening process.  The “Shinpen – Atarashii Rekishi Kyoukasho” (New Ed. – The New History Textbook), now published by Jiyu publishers, is the latest edition in the line of controversial textbooks from the “Tsukuru Kai” (JSHTR) and will be available for public purchased on April 28, 2009.

News reports on the international reaction to this new textbook can be found below:

JSHTR Announcement on the New Textbook, April 9, 2009.

SKorea Protest over Japan History Textbook, AFP, April 9, 2009.

SKorea Condemns Japan Over Approving Distorted History Textbook, Xinhua, April 9, 2009.

New History Text by the Japanese Stirs Anger, JoongAng Ilbo, April 10, 2009.

Newly Approved Japanese Textbook Edition Received Tempered Reaction from South Korea, The Hankyoreh, April 10, 2009.

Ministry OKs Controversial History Text, The Daily Yomiuri, April 10, 2009.

Lee Protests Japan’s History Distortions, The Korea Times, April 12, 2009.

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