POST-WAR EDUCATIONAL REFORMS For a few years after the Second World War, the publication of schoolbooks was relatively free. The original Board of Education Law enumerated the determination of course content and the selection of textbooks among the rights of the Boards of Education (Art. 49, No. 3 & 4) and provided that the prefectural Boards of Education should examine textbooks for all schools in the prefecture 'following the standards of the Ministry of Education' (Art. 50, No. 3). But in the latter part of the 1950s, the trend to 'revise' the post-war educational system in conformity with Japan's 'national conditions' emerged.