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Korean group cancels visit because of textbook row

Date Posted: 2001-07-21

A Korean group that was scheduled to participate in the “Tiruru Fest 2001,” scheduled to be held from April 21 to 24, 2002, in Naha City, has canceled their participation because of the tiff between the two nations over the publishing of the controversial history school textbook that suggests that Japan was the victim in the war, and fails to mention the existence of Korean “comfortwomen.”

Also a Korean theatrical company, “Musical Hongawara” that was scheduled to perform in Ishigaki City on July 22 decided to cancel their tour to Okinawa because of the same issue.

The Korean government declared on July 12 that Korea would suspend the policy of allowing Japanese popular entertainment into the country. The policy has been in effect since ’98 as part of mutual efforts of both governments to improve their traditionally antagonist relationship.

The Korean response to cancel cultural exchange programs is to the Japanese government’s rejection of the demand by the Korean government to modify the textbook.

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