Seoul: South Korea has announced a revised curriculum on history education that includes more detailed sections on the country`s claim to a pair of islets also claimed by Japan in school textbooks used by middle and high school students.
The move, which was announced yesterday by country`s Education Ministry is seen to counter Japan`s approval in March of history textbooks for elementary schools that describe the islets, which are known as Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in South Korea, as Japanese territory.
The history curriculum will be adopted from March next year for high school students and from March 2012 for middle school students.
The South Korean-occupied territory is in the Sea of Japan, which South Korea calls the East Sea. The combined land area of the two islets and numerous small reefs around them is only 0.21 square kilometres.
Japanese calls South Korea`s control of the territory an "illegal occupation" and it has proposed in the past that the bilateral territorial dispute be submitted to the International Court of Justice.