Taiwan protests over Japan’s claim to Diaoyutai in revised textbook guidelines

Taiwan foreign ministry reaffirms its territorial sovereignty over Diaoyutai

Taiwan News
dATE: 2017/02/15
By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Japan’s education ministry announced a plan on Tuesday that

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lists the contested Diaoyutai (釣魚台), known as the Senkaku (尖閣列島) in Japan, as an “inherent territory” of Japan in its revised curriculum guideline designed for elementary and junior high school students. Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan lodged a formal protest against the claim and reiterated Taiwan’s sovereignty over the archipelago.

Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) is no stranger to diplomatic controversy, given that it has long been lambasted by its neighbors including China and South Korea for intentionally covering up its war crimes, including massacres and the sexual slavery of “comfort women” since the 1980s, displaying a very different perception of the same events in its neighboring countries. The controversy has recently extended beyond matters of war and to the territorial disputes on Diaoyutai and Takeshima (竹島), which is called Dokdo (獨島) in Korea.

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