Publisher Sanseido KK is recalling 10,000 Japanese textbooks, which are used by many elementary schools in Tokyo, after an illustration showing a girl with three arms was mistakenly printed.
The company apologized on its website for the illustration that appears on Page 5 of "Shogakusei no Kokugo Ichinen,” a Japanese textbook used in 1st grade Japanese classes in Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture. A student noticed the extra hand, company officials said.
The illustration depicts a girl with three arms, holding a flower ring with both hands in front of her and leaning back on the desk with her third hand.
According to Sanseido, the illustrator forgot to erase an arm from the first draft drawing and proceeded to color it without noticing the extra appendage, Fuji TV reported.
Such mistakes are rarely found after textbooks are screened, said a spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.© Japan Today