The Japanese government on Friday approved the use of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” as teaching material in local schools, the newspaper Japan Times reported.
Recently Japan was asked and replied in a written answer approved at a Japanese Cabinet meeting on April 14.
It was in response to questions raised by a lawmaker from the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, the Japanese government said that the beneficial and appropriate contents of Adolf Hitler’s autobiography “Mein Kampf” (“My Struggle”) could be used in a way that adheres to the spirit of the basic education law, among other conditions:
A: The world knows perfectly well what kind of a book “Mein Kampf” is. The Japanese government agreed that some contents of such a book could be used in the textbooks for teenage students.
It is no wonder that it has caused great concern among people inside Japan.
Fascism and militarism, as the root causes of the WWII, must be exposed, criticized and eradicated once for all.
On historical issues that concern the principle of right and wrong, there is no room for the slightest ambiguity and obscurity.
We urge the Japanese side to deeply reflect upon and learn from historical lessons, educate its young people with the right view of history, unequivocally guard against and oppose poisonous thoughts of war, and win trust from its Asian neighbors and the international community with concrete actions.
The Japanese cabinet prohibited the use of the book to promote racial discrimination.
In a similar move earlier this month, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet decided to reintroduce the 19th century “Imperial Rescript on Education,” a prewar set of educational values and principles, into classrooms across the country.
Written by the Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler in 1925, “Mein Kampf,” which in German means “My Struggle,” is an autobiography that outlines Hitler’s political ideology. It has been banned in Germany since 1945 and was only allowed to be republished in 2016.