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May 6, 2007

“East Sea appears 70% of old Western maps”, Korea says. But Japan says “Liar”

Filed under: Anti-Japan,East Sea/Sea of Japan,Korea,Lies — fuga @ 8:52 pm

Much Ado About Nothing

Just for the record,

西洋古地図の70%「東海」に表記 – JoongAng Daily News April 20, 2004. Japanese version.

東海(トンへ、日本名・日本海)の名称をめぐって、韓日間に依然として議論が広がっているなか、西洋古地図10点のうち7点は、東海など韓国関連の名称を使っていることが、調査により分かった。

An investigation showed 70% of old western maps used the name East Sea and other Korean related names.

国政広報処は20日、海外の韓国大使館などを通じて、01年4月から昨年12月にわたって、米議会図書館など海外の主要図書館が所蔵している18世紀末までの古地図594点を調べたところ、全体の71%にのぼる420点が、このように表記していたと発表した。

Government agency, through Korean embassies overseas and other, investigated 594 old maps in libraries such as Library of Congress and others. And they say they have found 420 maps (71%) used the name East Sea and other Korean related names.

これら古地図では、東海の表記と関連し、「東海(East Sea)」、「韓国海(Sea of Korea)」、「東方海(Oriental Sea)」、「韓国湾(Gulf of Korea)」などの名称を使っている反面、日本海関連の名称は70点(12%)にすぎなかった。

These maps used “East Sea”, “Sea of Korea”, “Oriental Sea”, and “Gulf of Korea”. Only 70 maps (12%) used Japan related names.

国政広報処はこれについて「『日本海は歴史的に定着し、確立された名称』という日本側の主張は、根拠が微弱とのことを裏付けるもの」と説明した。国政広報処はこうした調査結果に基づいて、社団法人「東海研究会」とともに「西洋の古い地図での東海(East Sea of Old Western Maps)」というタイトルの英文冊子を発刊、国際社会に「東海表記」の正当性を広報する計画だ。

The government agency says “This result verifies the Japanese claim Sea of Japan was historically established name is baseless”. The government agency seek to publish a magazine in English titled “East Sea of Old Western Maps” and publicize our validity of the claim to the international communities.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan did the homework on this. Just to be sure, if you know Korea, ……😉.

Issue of the Name of the Sea of Japan

From December 2004 to March 2005, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan conducted a study with regard to the naming of the maritime region of the Sea of Japan on the maps possessed by the United States Library of Congress that were published between the 14th and 19th century.

The findings of the study show that of the 1,435 maps [PDF] for which a name is recorded for the region of the Sea of Japan, 77% bear the name “Sea of Japan.” Moreover, this study shows that of the maps published in the 19th century, 82.4%, or 1,059 maps, bear the name as “Sea of Japan.” The study makes clear that of the maps published in the 19th century, in particular out of a total of 563 maps that were published while Japan was still in its policy of isolation from the rest of the world, a total of 74% or 417 bear the name “Sea of Japan.” These findings reaffirm that “the name ‘Sea of Japan’ became established in Europe and the U.S.A. from the beginning of the 19th century at a time when Japan was still under its policy of isolation, being unable to exert international influence.”

(Note: The Republic of Korea (ROK) has asserted that “the name the ‘Sea of Japan’ came into dominant use as a result of Japan’s imperialism and colonialism during the first half of the 20th century.” The ROK cites the results of an independently implemented study of the antique maps held by the United States Library of Congress as the basis for this assertion. According to this independent study, the ROK states a name is recorded for the region of the Sea of Japan on 103 maps, of which 68, or 66% bear the name “Sea of Korea” or “East Sea,” and only 14, or 14% bear the name “Sea of Japan.”)

Only 2 maps shows “East Sea”… Who’s telling a lie?🙂

This whole thing is like a “European countries divided African continent, so let’s just put together and re-do everything and start all over again (so I can get some of it)”.

Stupid.

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