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The Japanese History Textbook Disputes In The 1980s (Part I)

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This chapter discusses the case study on the disputes over Japanese history textbooks, which emerged between China and South Korea, and Japan in 1982 and 1986. The focus of Chinese and South Korean criticism shifted onto Japan's responsibility for its colonial rule and aggression in the Asia- Pacific. The chapter focuses on the reference points the case study offers for Phase I (the initial stage of government influence) and Phase II (the activities under government influence). Phase I purports to indicate a stage where the government makes the very first move to influence the public. It is concerned with government measures which can be taken towards intermediaries between the government and the public. The second phase analyses the ways in which government influence could reach the future public through intermediaries such as historians, schools and teachers.

Keywords: Chinese criticism; colonial rule; government influence; Japanese history textbooks; South Korean criticism



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