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Disputed Islands Are Ours, Japan's New Teaching Manuals Claim

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January 28, 2014 AT 5:25 AM
Japan risked further irking their close neighbors China and South Korea, when the government announced textbooks were being changed to make it clear that two sets of remote islands at the center of sovereignty disputes are integral parts of their territory. Education Minister Hakubun Shimomura said the ministry was revising the teaching manuals so junior high and high school students learn "properly" about Japanese history and to make it clear that there is no dispute over the ownership of the rocky Senkaku islands in the South China Sea. The island chain that China calls the Daioyus, have been a flash point between the two countries since Tokyo nationalized the group of uninhabited archipelagos in 2012.