A study of the territorial dispute between Japan and Korea over Liancourt Rocks, a small cluster of barren, rocky islets in the Sea of Japan that Japanese call Takeshima and Koreans call Dokdo.
Good but sarcastic column from Mr. Kuroda from Sankei.【 Column : news from abroad 】“Yoboseyo from Seoul”Is "Takeshima" popular in South Korea? 2008.4.12 03:41 Sankei Shinbun cache"When was "Takeshima's day" that Shimane Prefecture had decided?" Korean media never fail to remind me that it was 22 February, every year. This year was no exception and had been neatly told by news around on that day. Takeshima (South Korea name "Tokto") issue, fighting sovereignty over South Korea doesn't have a nationwide awareness in Japan still now and most people do not know "Takeshima's day". However, it seems to be known more than before somewhat thanks to South Korea. The South Korea mass communication reported that Japanese MOFA are announcing the Takeshima issue to public on the Internet and the pamphlet recently, and have come out a Korean version all together with the color picture. The address of the net is neatly introduced. It is welcome, though they are criticizing, of course. I often hear Korean say "Grounds why Japanese insist it to be their territory are not understood well" in South Korea. Thus it is good to answer the intellectual appetite for listening to the claims on the other party side at times. Smash hit of South Korea mass communication (?), I guess. By the way, people from Shimane sent newly marketed Japanese Sake "Takeshima"with some other Takeshima goods sometime prior to this years Takeshima day. It seems to have begun finally to work on Takeshima PR also in local. It becomes "Local redevelopment movement" for the time being though it doesn't far reach enthusiastic territory love of South Korea. (Katsuhiro Kuroda)