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UN committee raps Japanese history textbooks

GENEVA - The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child yesterday expressed concern about Japanese history textbooks and recommended their review to be more balanced, saying the books present only Japan’s view of events in the Asia-Pacific region. Tokyo’s neighbors believe its school textbooks sanitize its wartime history, including its 1910-45 colonial occupation of Korea, and lays claims to disputed territories such as the Dokdo islets. The Japanese textbooks “do not enhance the mutual understanding of children from different countries in the region, as they represent a Japanese interpretation of historical events only,” the committee, chaired by South Korean Lee Yang-hee, said in a report posted on its Web site. (Yonhap)

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