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Commentary: Japan's trick in history education risks generations of confrontation

English.news.cn   2014-01-28 15:10:01

by Liu Tian

TOKYO, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Local media reported Tuesday that the Japanese education ministry will revise its teaching manuals, in which the Diaoyu Islands -- an integral part of Chinese territories, will be described as "Japan's integral parts."

The fact-twisting manuals for junior and senior schools will confuse Japanese students about what the true history is, risking breeding generations of confrontation.

Japan's rightists have for long attempted to whitewash Japan's wartime past through revising textbook, which has outraged its Asian neighbors that suffered Japanese brutal wartime aggression.

The new provocative act in the education area, furthermore, has proved that impacts of the right-leaning Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration has touched the country's social level, especially after the wrong words on "comfort women" by Japan's public broadcaster NHK's new boss on Saturday.

Abe boasted he upheld a doctrine of "active pacifism," but his doings pointed to the opposite.

During his one-year rule, Abe's administration repeatedly unleashed provocative acts by approving the national security strategy, the defense program guidelines and a five-year defense buildup plan to further expand its military.

And Abe himself, while sparing no efforts to revise his country's war-renouncing constitution, paid a visit to the notorious Yasukuni Shrine, where 14 Japanese Class-A World War II criminals are honored.

Such moves has led to international criticism and hightened regional tensions and it was also self-evident what Abe was doing was jeopardizing regional peace and stability.

As the saying goes, friendships between peoples hold the key to sound relations between states.

However, such whitewashing and fact-twisting tricks will be bound to make the path for Japan to improve ties with its neighbors more bumpy, not mention the trust- and friendship-building in the long run, as Japan's younger generations, the future of a nation, are kept from truth by the reckless Abe administration.

Editor: Shen Qing
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