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Japan issues teachers new instructions on disputed islands

Published on Jan 28, 2014 1:36 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese education chiefs will instruct schools to teach children that islands at the centre of disputes with China and South Korea belong unequivocally to Tokyo, the government said Tuesday.

The move could further inflame already-strained ties in the region, where clashes over differing interpretations of history frequently mar important economic relationships.

Revised teachers' manuals for junior and senior high schools will be issued to education boards across the nation, an education ministry official said.

"From the educational point of view, it is natural for a state to teach its children about integral parts of its own territory," Education Minister Hakubun Shimomura told a news conference.

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