ABSTRACT

When I first spotted a copy of Kyokasho ga oshienai rekishi ("History Not Taught in Textbooks") prominently displayed in a bookstore, 1 supposed that this work written by Fujioka Nobukatsu and the Liberal View of History Study Group critiqued the Ministry of Education's textbook examination system.! 1 was thus surprised to find that this best-selling book is actually a collection of feel-good narratives about "great" men and women in modem Japanese history. Existing textbooks, the book assumes, bad-mouth Japan, promoting a history of "self-abuse "that, as Fujioka baldly states in the introduction, "originates in the interests of foreign nations."2 History education, Fujioka argues, must benefit the Japanese state and should make Japanese "proud" oftheir nation again.