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UPDATED: 09:22, February 04, 2007
DPRK accuses U.S. of using novel of "Story of Yoko" as textbook
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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Saturday lashed out at the United States' permission of the novel of "Story of Yoko" being used as a middle school textbook, saying that book distorted the history, the official Korean Central News Agency reported.

The book "Story of Yoko" is an autobiography novel written by Kawashima Yoko, daughter of a Japanese war criminal, the agency quoted a statement of the Central Committee of the Union of Educationists and Men of Culture of Korea as saying.

"(It's) an intolerable insult and mockery of the Korean nation and an act of going against history and justice...", it said, adding that "(Such action) is designed to cover up the past crimes of Japan and mislead the public opinion."

The author of "Story of Yoko" is 74-year-old Yoko Kawashima Watkins. The book is being taught in English language arts courses in middle schools in New York, Boston and Los Angeles.

The book says that the author and her family witnessed anti-Japanese Korean "communists" raping Japanese women and killing others as they fled away at the end of World War II.

At present, more and more schools in the United States have rejected the book due to increasing pressure from Korean-Americans.

Source: Xinhua

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