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Word of the Week: “U-lock” (U型锁, U-xíngsuǒ)

This month, there have been a number of incidents—some major and some minor—that illustrate the “U-lock” mentality, a phrase that is sometimes used as shorthand to describe vitriolic xenophobic (particularly anti-Japanese)...

China Warns Asia Over New Japanese Ship

Amid a flare in the ongoing island dispute that has proven to be a notable bout of tension in long-strained Sino-Japanese relations, Japan has unveiled the Izumo, its largest military vessel since World War II. AP reports: Japan...

Video: Japan To Strengthen Self-Defense

A video on Al Jazeera features Japan’s move to rename and strengthen its self-defense force. Tomohiko Taniguchi, a Councillor in Japan’s Cabinet Secretariat, emphasizes in the video that Japan has vowed not to repeat...

China Condemns Sacked Japan General’s War Comments

From Reuters: China was strongly critical on Saturday of an essay by a Japanese air force chief of staff who said Japan was not an aggressor in Asia in World War Two and was later dismissed for airing those views. “We are...

Different texts sow seeds of opinion in young minds

From The South China Morning Post, via A Glimpse of the World: The doctoring of Japanese school textbooks to omit negative portrayals of its wartime conduct has provoked an outcry in East Asia, but one doesn’t have to look far to discover that every nation has its own version of history. It also becomes evident […]

Leo Lewis: Neighbours see red over school map censorship

From The Times Online: A BLOB of “wrongly” coloured ink, a controversial map of Asia and the seizure of 128 civics textbooks have plunged Japan and China into another round of bitterness and mutual distrust. The latest incident in the troubled relationship between the two neighbours flared up yesterday when it emerged that books on […]

Mark Magnier: Like Japan’s, Chinese Textbooks Are Adept at Rewriting History

From The LA Times: When Li Xuanyao, a student at Beijing’s No. 55 Middle School, wants to learn about the Great Leap Forward, she has her work cut out for her. Mao Tse-tung’s disastrous 1950s policy, which saw 30 million Chinese die of starvation, is relegated to a few paragraphs in her 163-page history textbook. […]



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