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Abe government won't disqualify hot-button document for schools

Conditional on not conflicting with Constitution, top spokesperson says

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga

TOKYO -- The Abe government will not disavow use of a Meiji-era education document that contains language legitimizing militarism, so long as the presentation does not conflict with the Constitution or governing law, according to its top spokesperson.

At issue is the Imperial Rescript on Education, an 1890 decree promoting nationalist education that has come under scrutiny because it is recited by students at a kindergarten in Osaka operated by scandal-hit Moritomo Gakuen.

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