Sunday, April 24, 2005

Japan may ask China to improve anti-Japan history textbooks

Kyodo News, Tokyo, April 24, 2005

-Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura said in several debate programs on television Sunday that the Japanese government will examine China's history textbooks for alleged anti-Japanese references and ask the Chinese government to improve them if necessary.

Machimura said in one of the programs, ''The textbooks in China and South Korea are designated by the government...Chinese State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan told me when I met him that we can express our opinion on Chinese textbooks. We will examine them and convey Japan's opinions.''------------------

''The Chinese government only took a halfway measure as it restricted such demonstrations to a certain point but left them to take their own course beyond that,'' he said.

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