Japanese school refuses to use right-wing textbooks, principal receives more than 200 threat letters
A history textbook replaced by a middle school in Japan mentions Japan’s forced solicitation of comfort women missiles during World War II. The principal of the school received more than 200 threat letters and could pressure him to abandon the use of the textbook.
Japan’s “Daily News” reported that Nata Junior High School (transliteration) in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture has been using a set of textbooks entitled “Let’s Learn Human History Together” since December 2015.
This textbook was issued by Manabisha Publishing House in Tokyo, the capital, 淡水桑拿网 and it contains the unique contents of Kono in 1993.
In 1993, as the then Chief Cabinet Secretary, Kono Yohei published Kono’s personality that apologized for Japan’s forced solicitation of comfort women, and his position was inherited by previous Japanese governments.
However, the right-wing forces of Japan have risen, and the words and deeds of the current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe profoundly show the value of deviating from this individual spirit.
In a recent interview with the Daily News, the headmaster of Nagada Junior High School Nata said that shortly after the school adopted the history textbook, an official from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party came to him and asked him why he chose the textbook.
Then, starting in March 2016, the principal has been receiving postcards containing threatening information, 南京夜网 which opposes the use of this history textbook by opponents.
In just 6 months, Hotan received more than 200 postcards.
The card sender claimed to be the parent of the student or a graduate of the school, but the content was highly consistent, making Hetian suspect that there might be some right-wing organizations behind the plan.
Hotan exposed this threat letter on the Internet in September 2016, but did not raise potential concerns at the time.
According to the Japanese “School Education Law”, folk scholars or educators can freely write textbooks, which will be used by schools after being approved by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
There are often multiple versions of textbooks for each subject, with different content depending on the editor.
Which edition of textbooks each school uses is generally up to the school.
According to Hotan, we are using textbooks that have been approved by the government, but now we receive postcards from so-called politicians.
In addition, there are news reports that the name and surname refer to the school and question the school’s choice of teaching materials. In his opinion, this is enough to constitute political pressure.
According to the Daily News, there are about 38 secondary schools in Japan replacing the same set of history textbooks.
At least one middle school has been threatened, including Nagada Middle School. At present, no school has abandoned this teaching material.
In July 1992, the Japanese government published a report acknowledging that the Japanese government had participated in the management of the comfort house during World War II. The comfort women mainly came from Japan, the Korean Peninsula, China and Taiwan, the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and the Netherlands.
However, it is inevitable that some right-wing politicians in Japan refuse to acknowledge the fact that women are women.
According to estimates by Japanese private investigative groups, during the Second World War, the Japanese army forced women from all countries to merge comfort women over 700,000.
According to statistics by Korean historians, during the rule of the Korean Peninsula, Japan forced 100,000 to 200,000 Korean women to comfort women.
(Yang Shuyi special feature of Xinhua News Agency) Original title: Refusal to use right-wing textbooks Harassed in a Japanese middle school