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Curriculum guidelines to specify Senkakus, Takeshima as Japan’s inherent territory

Saturday morning’s Yomiuri wrote that the Education Ministry is planning to clearly state for the first time that the Takeshima Islands in Shimane Prefecture and the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture are an “inherent part of the territory of Japan” in the revised curriculum guidelines for social studies at the elementary and junior high school levels. Currently, these islands are already described as part of Japanese territory in all social studies textbooks, but including the description in the new curriculum guidelines would make it legally binding.

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