New Japan Education Minister Under Fire for Imperial Rescript Remarks

Politics

Tokyo, Oct. 3 (Jiji Press)--Masahiko Shibayama, who was appointed education minister only on Tuesday, has already drawn backlash from the opposition camp due to his remarks showing his willingness to revive the Imperial Rescript on Education.

At his inaugural press conference after the cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday, the new education minister pointed out that there is a move to use a modern version of the now-defunct rescript as a teaching material by focusing on principles such as cherishing colleagues and putting emphasis on international cooperation.

Then he said such an attempt is "worth considering."

The edict, promulgated in 1890 by Emperor Meiji, demanded sacrifice to the nation while peaching virtues such as devotion to parents and retaining positive sibling relations.

In 1948, both chambers of Japan's parliament adopted a resolution to eliminate and invalidate the rescript, following criticism that it promoted militarism in the country.

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