The Japanese government on Friday gave the go ahead for new editions of elementary school books that claim the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands as part of Japanese territory, further stoking China’s fury in the ongoing exchange of insults between the two Asian powers.
The revised textbooks, which will be used from the next academic year starting April 2015 for fifth and sixth grade students, won approval from Japan’s Education Ministry.
All social studies textbooks approved for use in Japanese elementary schools next year will mention the Diaoyu Islands known as Senkaku islands in Japan, according to Japan’s Asahi Shimbun daily.
Seven of the 14 textbooks submitted for screening clearly state that the Diaoyu Islands are “inherent territories of Japan,” the paper said.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei of course is urging Japan to quit with the provocations and offer students “correct” information on the islands.
“Japan should tell its next generation true facts about the Diaoyu Islands that they are China’s and they were illegally stolen,” he said in a press briefing.
Sooo…we’re assuming China probably wants any mention of the Crimea annexation the-hell-away from those chapters as well.