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3.8.09

Yuji Hosaka: "Born to Defend Korea's Dokdo Claim"


Yuji Hosaka seems to be in the Korean news every other month or so, rather he has anything new to say or not. If you did not read the May article on about how he is "Spreading the word about Dokdo," then you can read the following August article about how he is "Born to Defend Korea's Dokdo Claim." Both articles essentially say the same thing, which is how he is devoted to spreading the truth about Dokdo.
 
 
While most Koreans seem to have gone silent on Dokdo, probably after finally realizing how ridiculous Korean claims are, Yuji Hosaka continues to make a fool of himself. Why?
 
And why do Korean newspapers continue to print the same kind of Yuji Hosaka crusade article over and over? Shouldn't most people have heard by now how Mr. Hosaka is devoting his life to Dokdo?
 
I wonder if Mr. Hosaka realizes how foolish he sounds, and I wonder if the Korean media realize how silly such articles appear to non-Koreans?

6 comments:

  1. That's an awesomely retarded headline...

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  2. Could you elaborate, please, on these so-called 'ridiculous claims' that you say the Korean government foists on its citizens?
    And have you even bothered to look at the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website on why the Liancourt Rocks are Japanese territory? Let me tell you, the facts that they oh-so-proudly claim as evidence to their claim are laughably far-fetched, some downright wrong. They even include an incorrect map, lying to its readers about the islands' distances to its own Oki island and Ulleong island. And don't worry, I've checked these distances against several other US and European maps.
    Oh, and what you said about Korea's recent silence on the issue, you couldn't be more wrong. Only last month, it was decided that 4th graders would be taught about Dokdo in Korea, in response to the Japanese Ministry of Education decision to distort history in elementary school textbooks and say that Takeshima is their territory.
    A word of advice: brush up on your facts before you go slandering a college Professor and an entire country in one breath. And if you want to be taken seriously, you should probably present both sides of the issue, rather than closing your eyes to one side and pretending it doesn't exist.

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  3. I think you may be right Trina.

    From what I understand the distance from Ulleungdo’s East shore to Dokdo is 87kms. But the Japanese website states 92kms.

    Why is this so?

    I read another post on the internet that the Japanese Government website calculates the distance from the center of Korea’s Ulleungdo to the center of Dokdo in order to make the distances appear longer. Is this true? If so. it’s incredibly childish and cheesy.

    Can you give me some information about the distances?

    http://www.dokdo-takeshima.com/

    Cheers!!

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  4. I'm not actually sure how the Japanese MOFA measured the distances and added the 5 kilometres. They might have added the distance from Ulleung island, because Dokdo's square kilometres don't even add up to a whole kilometre. I'm assuming they did measure from Ulleungdo's centre. Which, as you said, is incredibly childish, considering they didn't accord the same measuring system to their own Oki island.

    And, I just wanted to thank you. You website became a database of sorts for my research paper on this issue. Thank you.

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  5. Trina,

    Up until just three or four years ago, South Korea was claiming the distance from Ulleungdo to Dokdo was 92 kilometers. The sign on Ulleungdo pointing toward Dokdo even read 92 kilometers.

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  6. Even if the Japanese MOFA are 'unaware' of the changes known to virtually the rest of the world, which I highly doubt, they are still guilty of negligence if they keep incorrect information up. As you said, Mr. Bevers, it has been 3 or 4 years since South Korea has fixed their mistakes. It's high time the Japanese government follow suit, even if it does make a point of theirs less valid or whatnot.

    Or, they could be turning a blind eye to the truth. And the Japanese government conveniently feigning ignorance of facts for their own means? Who's ever heard of such preposterous ideas? Of course, Korea wanted to be colonized, and so did China, I mean, why else would Imperial Japan have invaded their Asian neighbors? Not for their own gain, that's just ridiculous, right?

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