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Panel criticizes history textbook, demands cancellation

Date Posted: 2001-06-16

Okinawa University organized a panel talk, Saturday, on the controversial but officially approved history textbook that has been the target of strong criticism by Japan’s several Asian neighbors. The critics claim that the book was edited in the way that whitewashes omits Japan’s wartime aggression and crimes against humanity during the war.

The University’s Saturday class and Okinawa International Peace Institute sponsored the panel talk, and about one hundred citizens attended. One of the panelists said the textbook marks the revival of imperialism, and urged Okinawan people to vow to oppose using the book. As an example they pointed out the fact that the book does not mention late Emperor Hirohito’s wish that the U.S should rule Okinawa.

At the end, the panelist put forward a proposal demanding each board of education within the prefecture not to adopt the textbook. The also urged the Ministry of Education and Science to cancel its approval.

The controversial textbook went for sale on Thursday.

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