Post Reply China lodges protest with Japan over new text books
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Japan just doesn't care.

China said on Tuesday it had lodged a formal protest with Japan over new Japanese school text books which it said distorted the history of Japanese atrocities in China and reasserted a Japanese claim to a group of disputed islands.

China, the world's second-largest economy, and Japan, the third-largest, have a difficult history, with relations strained by the legacy of Japan's aggression before and during World War Two and conflicting claims over a group of uninhabited East China Sea islets.

Japanese media say some of the textbooks approved for use from April 2017 describe the disputed islands as being inherently part of Japan. The books also revise some references to the 1937 Nanjing Massacre.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, asked about the text books at a daily news briefing, said China was extremely concerned and had lodged "stern representations" with Japan.

"No matter what steps Japan may take to promote and market their mistaken position it cannot change the basic reality that the Diaoyu islands belong to China," she said, referring to what Japan calls the Senkakus.

"The Nanjing massacre was an atrocity carried out by the Japanese militarists when they invaded China. The evidence is cast iron and a conclusion was reached long ago about it. This whitewashing and censoring by Japan in these text books again shows that Japan is unwilling to face up to historical mistakes."

China consistently reminds its people of the 1937 massacre in which it says Japanese troops killed 300,000 people in its then capital.

A postwar Allied tribunal put the death toll at 142,000, but some conservative Japanese politicians and scholars deny a massacre took place at all.

Chinese school text books also have their own political slant, following the ruling Communist Party's line on issues like Tibet and Taiwan, and not mentioning highly sensitive events such as the bloody 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators around Tiananmen Square.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Additional reporting by Linda Sieg in TOKYO; Editing by Robert Birsel)


http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-japan-education-idUSKCN0WO0RP
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Posted 3/22/16
Sad to say but this isn't anything new,
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Posted 3/22/16
history is written by the victors. witch is kinda funny, since japan lost. but whatever. china is one to complain about censorship. there is plenty of shit in all our histories. hell, we got the man famous for creating a weapon that killed more building the damn thing than it did actually using it.
Posted 3/22/16
i'd lodge a complaint over any text boook, who needs learning
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Posted 3/22/16
And the pissing match between Japan and China is still going strong nearly 100 years later. Geez neither side is the good side here , why not just flip a freaking coin and get this shit over with already.
Posted 3/22/16
I read Reuters too *thumbsup*
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Posted 3/22/16
japan where the sun rises and china where the sun sets ahem
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To be honest from what I've heard Japan does have a bad habit of not owning up to their own war atrocities like the Bataan Death March or Rape of Nanking. We kind of do it to for what it's worth and I do agree history texts shouldn't simply gloss over shit like the Trail of Tears or the My Lai massacre. It's important that we remember the atrocities of those we fight against, but it's vastly more important we remember our own. Nations should own up to their mistakes and misdeeds, no matter how unpleasant broaching the subject is.
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Posted 3/23/16
China are just being complete hypocrites here. They censor everything and refuse to accept that their country has ever done anything bad.
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Posted 3/23/16
Same thing is happening to the United States public schools history books. They make it out to be that we eliminated a peace loving native American tribes, when that could not be further from the truth. Before the first Colonialists came to North America, there was constant civil war between Native American Tribes.
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