Recently, the Japanese defence minister, admitted that Dokdo is Korean territory by stating that Japan should “refrain from commenting on other countries’ internal affairs.”
So basically, Japan is interfering with Korea’s internal affairs. And this statement implies that “A Korean president visiting Dokdo is just because the president is visiting an island belonging to his country. Therefore, Japan should remain quiet.”
Japanese rightists, and Japanese with anti-Korean sentiments maintain the South Korea-controlled islets in the East Sea are an inherent part of its territory, both on historical grounds and in accordance with international law. However, not all Japanese believe this claim is true. Many, like minister Morimoto, believes that Dokdo is Korean territory.
The Japanese historians, especially, are claiming that Dokdo is Korean territory on historical grounds, and in the conscience of a scholar. So the only rational reason behind the territory disupte is Japan is trying to steal the island to gain benefits from fishing rights, and extension of its maritime territory. Japan might be thinking that through territory dispute they have nothing to lose, except for the deterioration of Kor-Jap relationship and take the risk for the slightest chance of stealing the island.
The Japanese government’s faulty territorial expansion strategy is bearing to be fruitless, and only worsening international relations. No matter how much the Japanese claim that Dokdo belongs to Japan, the international community, including the Koreans don’t really care what the Japan says.
Korea’s president recently visited the island, but Japan has no justification or jurisdiction to deter president Lee’s efforts. What Japan did instead was give the world an impression that they are trying to steal Dokdo from Korea.
At the London Olympics, during the football match between Korea and Japan, a Korean player held up a sign saying ‘Dokdo is Korean soil!’ This proves that Koreans are more eager and have more interest towards island than do the Japanese people.
The Japanese government should stop the territorial dispute between Korea, and maybe should focus on what they have right now, the Senkaku islands. Recently 14 Chinese activists from Hongkong illegally trespassed into Senkaku islands. If 14 ordinary people can sneak into Japanese territory in such an easy manner, it means that Senkaku is not defended properly. Japan should focus on Senkaku, and give up its ambitions towards Dokdo. What Japan is doing right now is if they are trying to catch two rabbits with one rock, and may end up losing both.
Japan’s logic for claiming Dokdo as their own contradicts the reasons behind the territorial dispute of Senkaku islands and the Kuril islands. And this hypocrisy of Japan is subject to world criticism
Japan claims Senkaku is Japanese land because it has effective control, but is maintaining that Dokdo is their land despite the fact that Korea has effective control. Their logic inconsistent.
Moreover, when the Russian president visited the Kuril islands, Japan remained more or less silent, but when the Korean president visited Dokdo, they made a huge fuss out of the issue suing Korea to the International Court of Justice.
Japan’s illogical behavior and attitude will only spur up anti-Japanese sentiment amongst neighboring countries. If Japan maintains its overwhelming ambition for territory disputes, it will always be a subject of criticism.
Japan was shocked by President Lee’s recent visit to Dokdo.
In the history of constitutional Korea, it was the first time a Korean president in office visited Dokdo. So it may be shocking for Japan, but it is a Korean president going to Korean island, Dokdo, not any other country’s president. So all the criticism and complaint from Japan implies that the Korean government has been too complacent in dealing with Japan’s ambition of Dokdo.
The Japanese government has stated in the Defense of Japan white paper that Dokdo is theirs for 8 years since 2005. However, the Korean government merely expressed complaints toward Japan, a very lackadaisical action that was too conscious of the Kor-Jap relationship.
The reason the Korean government passively counteracted was to prevent itself from following Japan’s intention to make Dokdo a disputed territory by putting the spotlight on the small island. However, it is time for a change. The Korean government must show a stronger actions.
Japan plans to take the Dokdo issue to the International Court of Justice. However, if Korea rejects the offer, there won’t be an ICJ trial. This is because when Korea became a member of ICJ, Korea did not accept the compulsory jurisdiction. Japan’s threat to sue Korea is a trickery by Japan’s ruling party to increase its approval rating.
Dokdo is in effect Korean, and Korea needs to react stronger against Japan.
Japan is creating conflict between Russia and Korea by stating in the Defense of Japan White Paper that Kuril Islands, and Dokdo is Japanese territory. When Putin visited Kuril islands, the Japanese merely expressed its regrets, but when the Korean president was visiting Dokdo, they requested refrainment of the visit and delivered complaints through the Korean ambassador. I don’t understand why Japan is making a fuss about a Korean going to a Korean island.
Japan is arguing and insisting on having their own way stating that Russian land is theirs, and Korean land is theirs. Against a immature crybaby like Japan, we need to react strongly like China and Russia.
Korean gymnast Yang Hak-seon’s skills performed during the Olympics was amazing. Yang successfully pulled off his unprecedented signature move called “The Yang Hak-seon,” a triple-twisting handspring front somersault. Apparently, Yang is creating a new move that is even more difficult than “The Yang Hak-seon.” The “Yang 2” is a new move that adds one more half-twist to the Yang Hak-seon, which would take his movement from 1080 to 1260 degrees. We hope to see Yang master the Yang 2 at the next olympics.
A billboard titled “Do You Hear?” urging the Japanese government for an apology to women it subjected to sexual slavery 70 years ago was set up on a highway billboard in Houston, Texas. In the billboard shows a photo of Korean elderly women who were ‘comfort women’ holding weekly meetings outside the Japanese Embassy in Seoul since 1992. The number of attendants to the gatherings has grown to more than 1000. So why did this phenomenon happen in the first place?
The reason is simple. It’s all about the Japanese government’s apology and compensation.
Although in 1995, Japan did aid in creating the Asian Women’s Fund, it was a mere formality, and still refuses to compensate and apologize to individuals.
As a result, Korean-Americans are requesting sincere apology and compensation from the Japanese government. I, too, agree with the Korean-Americans. No matter how strong Japan is economically, if they do not admit their wrong-doings in the past, they cannot be respected in the international community.
Japan must solve the ‘comfort women’ problem ASAP, and stop itself from becoming a humiliation.
Japan is creating conflict between Russia and Korea with their territorial dispute in Kuril Islands, and Dokdo. Defense of Japan White paper has brought the problem up for years claiming that Russia and Korea are illegally occupying Japanese land. Due to Japan’s ridiculous claim, anti-Japanese sentiment is growing in Korea.
However, Japan’s claims lack persuasion. In the case of Kuril islands, president Medvedev visited Kunashir island in 2010, but Japan did not give any special reaction. They merely expressed that the visit was a shame.
In the case of Dokdo island, Japan’s claim lack evidence. This is because Dokdo was occupied Korea since 1953 in civil aspect, and to maintain security. Dokdo was effectively Korean soil. At the moment two civilians and two civil workers live on Dokdo, and many visit the island daily for tours.
If Dokdo indeed was Japanese soil, and Korea indeed stole Japanese property, would Japan claim Dokdo only with words? They would’ve probably sent their Self-Defense Forces to remove Korean maintenance of the public order, and occupied the island with troops. If we consider the current situation, Japan’s claim of the Kuril islands and Dokdo is merely a reflection of Japan’s ambition to steal other’s territory.
Japan is creating a prolonged conflict between Korea by publishing that Dokdo is Japanese territory in this year’s Defense of Japan White Paper. Japan is in a territorial dispute not only with Korea, but also with China.
Dokdo is a Korea island that is in the district of Ulleung-do, but since 2005, Japan has claimed the island as theirs in their Defense of Japan White Paper for the past 8 years.
Dokdo is both historically and in effect Korean territory! Wish Japan would stop their unnecessary obsession over Dokdo, and Japan has the evidence that Dokdo is not a Japanese territory, but they are refusing to withdraw their territorial claim.
I wish Japan would stop degrading their national image by trying to steal something that’s not theirs with senseless logic, and stop their obssession over Dokdo.
South Korea won the Olympic women’s team archery title for the seventh consecutive time. Since 1988, for 24 years, Korea has maintained the top position in archery. I wonder what the secret is behind this phenomena.
In the typical fickle British weather, the rain and wind came hard in throughout the match, which made the match difficult, but the Korean archers showed superb concentration, and grasped their own victory.
The 3 archers were amazing… I almost fell in love with them.
So, I’ve been told that of the 40 countries that participated in archery this London Olympics, the coaches of 11 countries are Korean. This was shocking…
Nowadays when it comes to archery, it is almost as if Korea is the first thing that comes up to my mind. Anywho, the individual division is still to come. I hope Korea can do well.