Revisionist History - Deleting Bad Acts

TitleRevisionist History - Deleting Bad Acts
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsDodds, R, Dillard, B, Elliott, D, Potthast, A, Carr, E, Diaz-Sprague, R, England, R, Matalski, M, Miller, R, Price, C
Corporate AuthorsAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics,
Date Published08/2007
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
Keywordseducation , history , professional responsibility
AbstractIn March 2007, the Japanese Ministry of Education ordered that publishers delete passages from history textbooks that claimed Imperial Army officers ordered citizens to commit mass suicide when Okinawa was about to fall to American forces near the end of World War II. This is not the first time Japan has been accused of "whitewashing" history. Many other Asian nations are worried that the truth about Japan's actions in World War II will not be learned by future generations. Japan, however, claims that its current interest in teaching history is to lead its students towards the future in a positive way, rather than dwelling incessantly on every detail of a troubled past.
NotesCase from the 2007 Regional Ethics Bowls. Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2007.
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