On June 7th, the Cultural Council, under the Agency for Cultural Affairs, formally submitted their proposal for the revision of the official list of kanji for common use, increasing the character count by nearly ten percent in order to match the Japanese language with the digital age, Japanese media reports have indicated.


The number has not always been 1,945 characters, the Mainichi noted. A list of 1,962 characters was set in 1923, and then reduced to 1,858 characters in 1931. In 1942, during the nationalistic fever of WWII, the number popped up 2,528 characters, but was then brought back down to 1,850 in 1946.

The board is to vote on a sweeping purge of alleged liberal bias in Texas school textbooks in favour of what Dunbar says really matters: a belief in America as a nation chosen by God as a beacon to the world, and free enterprise as the cornerstone of liberty and democracy.


Several changes include sidelining Thomas Jefferson, who favoured separation of church and state, while introducing a new focus on the "significant contributions" of pro-slavery Confederate leaders during the civil war.

The new curriculum asserts that "the right to keep and bear arms" is an important element of a democratic society. Study of Sir Isaac Newton is dropped in favour of examining scientific advances through military technology.

There is also a suggestion that the anti-communist witch-hunt by Senator Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s may have been justified.

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One of the reasons the accusation was upheld was that Joe Galloway made another representation that was proven false by BSkyB's lawyers – that he had a degree from Concordia College in the US Virgin Islands.

Galloway gave detailed evidence on how he took plane journeys between the islands and attended a college there.

But while questioning Galloway in court, Mark Howard QC managed to obtain exactly the same degree as Galloway from Concordia College for his dog "Lulu" with one key difference – the dog got a higher mark.

Both Galloway and the dog received a letter from the vice-chancellor of Concordia College saying:

“Mr Galloway / Lulu demonstrated that he/she is prepared and fully equipped to add valuable apprenticeship to our institution’s activities by means of talented and profoundly investigated subject treatment."

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