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May 3, 2007

Lies and half truth about “Sea of Japan”

Filed under: Anti-Japan,East Sea/Sea of Japan,Ethnocentrism,Korea,Lies — fuga @ 5:58 am

This kind of article fuels the Korean nationalism by showing one sided view of the controversy. I hate to say this, but this is a typical Korean article.

[사설] 정부, ‘동해’ 지키기에 최선을 The Kukmin Daily 2007-05-02 18:14

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이번 회의에서 정부는 ‘일본해’ 단독표기 방안이 표결로 가는 것을 방지하되, 표결이 실시될 경우 기권표를 최대화하는 방안을 차선으로 삼고 있다고 한다. 동해를 일본해와 병기하는 것만으로도 우리는 억장이 무너진다. 일본해라는 명칭은 20세기 초 러일전쟁의 승리를 계기로 일본이 국제적으로 사용한 용어다. 그 이전의 고지도에는 동해로 표기했던 것이 역사적 사실이다.

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일본해라는 명칭은 20세기 초 러일전쟁의 승리를 계기로 일본이 국제적으로 사용한 용어다. 그 이전의 고지도에는 동해로 표기했던 것이 역사적 사실이다.

The term “Sea of Japan” was created by Japan and used internationally after the victory of Russo-Japanese war. The historical fact is that before the war, old maps used the name “East Sea”.

No. Many maps around the world used the name “Sea of Japan” even before Russo-Japanese war. In fact, the name first appeared in 1602. The name “Sea of Japan” has been used way more often than “Chosun Sea” or “East Sea” before Russo-Japanese war and Japan did not create the name at all.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan has more info on this, so if you are interested in this issue, go get it.

Anyway, my problem is that Korean media is not only one sided but also often plain wrong, possibly intentionally. As a result, Koreans get pissed at Japan and no one can argue about it rationally.

This is pretty ochlocratic. Not only politicians, but also the media itself is the demagogue.

[related article]
East Sea, Chosun Sea, Korean Sea, Sea of Peace…- whatever not “Japan” in it

[한국에 살면서] 일본해는 원래 日남해 지칭

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