Japan’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sport, Science, & Technology Meets with SWC Leadership To Discuss Educating Japan’s Youth on the Holocaust following Incidents Glorifying Nazi Imagery

May 23, 2017

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, SWC Associate Dean (L) and renowned political scientist and SWC consultant, Dr. Fred Balitzer (R), met in Tokyo with Matsuno Hirokazu, Japan’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sport, Science, and Technology to discuss steps taken to educate Japanese youngsters about the evils of Nazi Germany.

In recent months there have been disturbing incidents involving a popular music group and backers of a major sports team wherein Nazi imagery were openly used.

”We are impressed by the inclusion of the stories of Anne Frank and Chinue Sugihara in Japan’s official school curriculum,” said Rabbi Cooper.

Also discussed are the continuing global efforts of terrorists to recruit young people online and to make online terrorist manuals - including bomb making instructions - the likes of which were used in the brutal suicide bombing carnage in Manchester.

“We presented Minister Hirokazu a copy of our 2017 Digital Terrorism and Hate Report and invited him and his team of experts to work with the Center and the Museum of Tolerance in the near future.”

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