"If you read historical factors cool-headedly, the Korean claim is based on stark facts," the union said in its newsletter on Nov. 28, 2008. "Some organizations including Shimane Prefecture are laying claim to Takeshima [the Japanese name for Dokdo]. That is a wrongful act aimed at justifying Japanese aggression and colonial rule."The incident is news today because the Japanese newspaper "Sankei Shimbun" mentioned it in a Sunday editorial, in which it urged teachers to instruct students that Takeshima (Dokdo) is part of Japanese territory. Link to Chosun Ilbo Article
Japan's 1905 incorporation of Takeshima had nothing to do with Japanese aggression or colonial rule, as suggested in the last sentence of the teacher union's newsletter quote, but, interestingly, the union's claim is the same claim made by Korean nationalists. I wonder who make up the leadership of that teacher's union.
If Hokkaido's teacher's union "cool-headly" studied the "stark" historical "facts," it would realize that Korea's historial claims to Takeshima (Dokdo) are totally bogus.