(Sankei: January 28, 2015 – p. 2)
Public high schools in California use a world history textbook containing descriptions of comfort women that are distortions of history. In this regard, the Foreign Ministry disclosed on Jan. 27 that this textbook appears in a list of textbooks for possible use in four states other than California. A ministry official in charge of the issue explained this yesterday at a meeting of the Liberal Democratic Party’s “Extraordinary Committee for Recovery of Japan’s Honor and Reliability,” chaired by former Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone.
The four states listing the “tradition and exchange” textbook published by the major U.S. educational publisher McGraw-Hill (head office: New York) as a candidate are Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida. It is unclear how many schools actually use the textbook.
There are cases like California where the state does not make a list but each school district or school adopts a textbook independently. Therefore, the ministry expressed the view in the meeting that “it is highly likely that the textbook is used in states other than the four.”
The ministry also revealed that it had asked the publisher to correct the distortions of the historical record through the Consulate General in New York but has not received a reply so far. The descriptions include the obvious fabrication that the Japanese military presented comfort women to troops as a gift from the emperor.