An international workshop Multilateral Dialogue on History Education and Textbooks, East Asia, Europe and the Middle East was held in Tokyo in October 2011 to introduce, compare, and evaluate current joint textbook activities. It was the first workshop on textbooks that was organized in the Asia/Pacific region with UNESCO participation. Discussions evolved around ways in which textbooks are used in schools and issues around regional common history textbooks and the promotion of regional identity in Europe and East Asia or other regions of the world.
The workshop highlighted the importance of setting up dialogue and working for reconciliation as necessary steps before developing and/or implementing bilateral or trilateral textbook or materials on History education. The Institute George Eckert Institute Website