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Japanese textbooks toe government line on disputed islands

The textbook in the foreground says South Korea is illegally occupying the islets known as Takeshima in Japan.

TOKYO -- For the first time, all middle-school social studies textbooks in Japan will refer to the Senkaku Islands and Takeshima, adhering to guidelines that insist they be described as Japanese territory, an education ministry review shows.

     The new textbooks will become part of curricula at schools nationwide next spring.

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