I do not support the Korean movement to rename the "Sea of Japan" to the "East Sea," just as I would not support a movement to rename the "Gulf of Mexico" or any other standardized geographic name. Why make geography more confusing than it already is?
I see Korea's "East Sea" movement as a nationalistic, anti-Japanese movement. If it were not anti-Japanese, then Koreans would be pushing equally as hard to change the name "Yellow Sea" to the "West Sea."Koreans may not realize it, but their campaign to change the name of the Sea of Japan looks pretty silly to the rest of the world, and I would advise them to stop it.I may reconsider my stance when I start seeing a majority of Korea's Web sites and maps using the name "Sea of Japan" alongside the name "East Sea."
I do not support Korea's "East Sea" movement.
Today, I got an E-mail from someone asking me to include the name "East Sea" next to "Sea of Japan" in my "Purpose of this Blog" introduction. I refused by responding as follows: