Last Update: 15 July 1998
Miyagi prefectural Board of Education, pointing out that if such materials were used for the classes, it was inappropriate, also guided teachers to follow teaching requirements.
Commemorating the 60th of the so-called 1937 Nanjing massacre, "Nanjing 1937", a movie produced jointly by China and Hong Kong, opened at the theaters of Nagoya, Osaka, Kobe and Nishinomiya for the first time in Japan.
Commemorating the 60th of the Nanjing massacre, "The 60th of the Nanjing massacre- Western Japan - Osaka executive committee", a group of the citizens , hold a symposium with about 400 people.
Members of Toei, a major filmmaker's labor union formed a group to oppose "Pride, the Fateful Moment", a Japanese movie for glorifying wartime Prime Minister Gen.Hideki Tojo, who was executed as a Class-A war criminal after World War II. The group said in a press conference,"The movie depicting Tojo as a hero could produce a wrong view of history."
"Pride, the Fateful Moment" opened at 145 theaters around the country.
A man rushed from his seat in a movie theater in Yokohama's Naka Ward, which was screening "Nanjing 1937", and slashed the screen with a cutter. Police officers arrested the man, a member of a rightist group.
Members promoting the showing of "Nanjing 1937" said, "It is a serious challenge against freedom of expression" in protest over the slashing of a cinema screen.
The Directors Guild of Japan issued a protest over the slashing of a cinema screen. In a statement, the Tokyo-based guild said, "We feel intense indignation and a profound sense of danger over the violation of freedom of expression through violent means."
A symposium critisizing "Pride, the Fateful Moment" was held in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward. About 170 people gathered.
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