The Education Ministry is planning to implement school textbook reform to better reflect the government's stance on topics such as history and island disputes.
Education Minister Hakubun Shimomura said his ministry will revise the textbook screening process for elementary, junior high and high schools, TBS reported Saturday. "We are attempting to adopt the government's viewpoint on textbook criteria, but this doesn't mean that we will block various historical or political viewpoints," he told a news conference.
According to the proposal, textbook certification revisions will start next fiscal year beginning with middle school textbooks. With subjects like history and territorial disputes, the reform seeks to encompass the government viewpoint. But where varying viewpoints exist on a particular subject, then each will be explained fully and objectively to provide an overall sense of balance to the textbook curriculum, Shimomura said.
The issue of how wartime history is a sensitive issue between Japan and its Asian neighbors, particularly events such as the Nanjing Massacre, as well as the question of comfort women.
The revision is part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's education reform policy that also includes adopting moral education and patriotism into school curricula.© Japan Today