Japan is not against quoting Hitler’s Mein Kampf school books

19.04.2017, Japan.

On 19 April, RIA Novosti News Agency informed that the Japanese government considers quoting lines from Adolph Hitlers’ Mein Kampf (the book is included in the Russian federal list of extremist materials) in school books quite appropriate, according to Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary, Koichi Hagiuda, speaking at the news conference in Tokyo.

Hagiuda says that there are examples, where Mein Kampf is partially quoted in school books so that children could reflect on historic developments of the past era, when the book was written. The quotes are used to show its negative nature, not a positive one.

According to Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary, justifying racial discrimination contradicts the Fundamental Law of Education and is unsuitable.

Koichi Hagiuda provided comments to the government’s reply that it is appropriate to use Mein Kampf (the book is included in the Russian federal list of extremist materials) in school books and explained that Hitler’s quotes are used only if it benefits the educational process.

During the World War II, Japan supported Germany, fighting against the Allies.

This is not the first incident with this book. In Germany, the first postwar edition of Adolf Hitler’s book was published in January 2016. The entire edition was sold out within a matter of days. European lawyers explain the possibility of republishing Mein Kampf with the expiration of the term of copyright on the book, which previously belonged to the Bavarian authorities. In Italy, “Mein Kampf” became a free addendum to an Italian newspaper in 2016 – Editor

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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