Pre-school in Japan 'sorry' for insulting foreigners

TOKYO • A Japanese kindergarten known for its nationalist curriculum has apologised after coming under fire for comments it made about Korean and Chinese parents.

The operator of Tsukamoto Kindergarten in Osaka was questioned by the local education authorities last month, having received complaints from parents in December last year.

Kyodo news agency reported last week that the school had earlier handed parents copies of a statement describing the parents of Chinese and Korean children as having "evil thoughts".

The private pre-school also posted a statement on its home page referring to "delinquent" South Korean and Chinese parents.

However, it has now deleted that from its website and replaced it with another note expressing remorse.

"We apologise for our expression about foreigners that led to misunderstanding," it read.

The kindergarten had previously said that the insults were provoked by criticism it received from Chinese and South Korean parents.

The kindergarten has drawn attention for introducing a curriculum that includes the memorisation of an 1890 imperial edict widely used to promote militaristic education during World War II.

Incidents of hate speech against specific ethnic groups on the streets and online are reportedly on the rise in Japan.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 22, 2017, with the headline 'Pre-school in Japan 'sorry' for insulting foreigners'. Print Edition | Subscribe