Takeshima Japanese, schools to be told
The education ministry plans to clearly state in a supplement of the government's new educational guideline for junior high school students that a Seoul-controlled islet in the Sea of Japan is an "integral part of Japan," officials said Monday.
The supplement referring to the island called Takeshima in Japanese and
Dokdo in Korean will be compiled around June or July for use from fiscal
2012, the officials at the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura said Monday the government has yet to decide how to describe territorial issues in the supplement, while reiterating the position that Takeshima is Japan's original territory.
"As the Japanese and South Korean leaders agreed to build future-oriented relations, we don't mean to play up this issue politically," the top government spokesman said, referring to the April summit of Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda and South Korean President Lee Myung Bak in Tokyo.
The Japan Times: Tuesday, May 20, 2008
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