senate Bill S6599

Amended

Requires certain text-books to reference the Sea of Japan as also the East Sea

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 11 / Feb / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 21 / Feb / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • 21 / Feb / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 6599A
  • 11 / Mar / 2014
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 11 / Mar / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.278
  • 18 / Mar / 2014
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 6599B
  • 31 / Mar / 2014
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 6599C
  • 28 / Apr / 2014
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 6599D
  • 06 / May / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 06 / May / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 07 / May / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Summary

Requires all text-books approved by this article to reference the Sea of Japan as also the East Sea.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S6599
S6599A
S6599B
S6599C
S6599D
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยงยง706 & 707, Ed L

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BILL NUMBER:S6599

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
requiring certain text-books to reference the Sea of Japan as also the
East Sea and to include information on "comfort women"

PURPOSE OF THE BILL:

To facilitate the teaching of an unbiased and factual account of
events that occurred during World War II involving the Comfort Women
and to reference that the Sea of Japan is also known as the East Sea.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends the education law by adding two new
sections 706 and 707 which require that any text-book approved and
issued pursuant to section seven hundred one of this article which
refers to the Sea of Japan shall note that it is also referred to as
the East Sea and also include historical information regarding the
"comfort women". The term "comfort women" shall collectively refer to
the acquisition of thousands of women by the government of japan for
the sole purpose of sexual servitude for the Imperial Japanese army
during World War II.

Section 2 sets an immediate effective date and shall apply to any
text-books issued on and after July 1, 2019.

JUSTIFICATION:

The purpose of this legislation is to facilitate the teaching of an
unbiased and factual account of events that occurred during World War
II involving the "Comfort Women" and an acknowledgement that the Sea
of Japan is also known as the East Sea.

These two separate issues recognize important historical facts to many
members of the Korean community in New York state and throughout the
United States, therefore it is important to ensure these are
accurately reflected in the text books used to teach our students.

During World War II, the Imperial Japanese Army forced thousands of
women to prostitute themselves for the benefit of the Emperor's troops
in Korea and other nations. There have been recent efforts to deny the
existence of this atrocity and to blame it on alleged "racial
conflicts" and efforts to harass the people of Japan. These attempts
to deny or minimize these historic events make it necessary to provide
an unbiased and factual account of these issues to our students. It is
also important to make sure this history is taught in light of the
increasing amount of sex trafficking that is happening within the
United States as well as throughout the world. We cannot allow the
history of the "Comfort Women" to be ignored and we must shed light on
this continuing victimization of women and men that has a long and
torturous legacy dating many thousands of years.

This bill will also facilitate an understanding that the body of water
that separates the Korean Peninsula and Japan should be known as the
"East Sea" as well as the "Sea of Japan". While the name "Sea of
Japan" was introduced sometime during the late 1920's during a time


when Japan occupied Korea, both Korea and China have referred to this
same body of water as the "East Sea" for well over 2000 years. In
addition, there are dozens of world maps predating the 19th century
that refer to this body of water as the "East Sea".

Moreover, two separate international resolutions have established the
standards of naming a sea area that is shared by multiple countries.
The International Hydrographic Organization Technical Resolution
A.4.2.6 (adopted on March 13, 1974) provided that when countries
sharing a given geographical feature do not agree on a common name,
the names used by each of the countries should be used concurrently.
This standard is confirmed by the United Nations Resolution on
Geographical Names 111/20 (adopted in 1977), which further stated that
accepting only one or some of such names while excluding the rest
would be inconsistent in principle as well as inexpedient in practice.
Furthermore, the internationally established custom indicates that
seas bordering different countries should not be named after one
particular nation. Therefore acknowledging the dual reference of the
"Sea of Japan" and the "East Sea" would be in full compliance with
this international principle.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to any
text-books issued on and after July 1, 2014.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6599

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 11, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  AVELLA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Education

AN ACT to amend the education law,  in  relation  to  requiring  certain
  text-books  to  reference the Sea of Japan as also the East Sea and to
  include information on "comfort women"

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The education law is amended by adding two new sections 706
and 707 to read as follows:
  S  706.  REFERENCE  TO SEA OF JAPAN. ANY TEXT-BOOK APPROVED AND ISSUED
PURSUANT TO SECTION SEVEN HUNDRED ONE OF THIS ARTICLE  WHICH  REFERS  TO
THE SEA OF JAPAN SHALL NOTE THAT IT IS ALSO REFERRED TO AS THE EAST SEA.
  S  707.   COMFORT WOMEN. ANY TEXT-BOOK APPROVED AND ISSUED PURSUANT TO
SECTION SEVEN HUNDRED ONE  OF  THIS  ARTICLE  SHALL  INCLUDE  HISTORICAL
INFORMATION REGARDING THE "COMFORT WOMEN". SUCH TERM COLLECTIVELY REFERS
TO  THE ACQUISITION OF THOUSANDS OF WOMEN BY THE GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN FOR
THE SOLE PURPOSE OF SEXUAL SERVITUDE  FOR  THE  IMPERIAL  JAPANESE  ARMY
DURING WORLD WAR II.
  S  2.  This  act  shall take effect immediately and shall apply to any
text-books issued on and after July 1, 2014.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13988-02-4

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