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Public school textbooks; when referring to Sea of Japan, note that is also referred to as East Sea. (SB200)

Introduced By

Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Public school textbooks; East Sea.  Requires all textbooks approved by the Board of Education to note that the Sea of Japan is also referred to as the East Sea. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

  • 01/10/2012 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12
  • 01/10/2012 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100432D
  • 01/10/2012 Referred to Committee on Education and Health
  • 01/13/2012 Assigned Education sub: Public Education
  • 01/20/2012 Impact statement from DPB (SB200)
  • 01/26/2012 Failed to report (defeated) in Education and Health (7-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)

Comments

Kenichi Tanaka writes:

As we can see in the video in the link, the name of the body of water between Japan and South Korea has nothing to do with the Japanese Imperialism. The name prevailed in European countries by a book, "Reise um die Welt in den Jahren 1803, 1804, 1805 und 1806 auf Befehl Seiner Kaiserliche Majestät Alexanders des Ersten auf den Schiffen Nadeschda und Newa (Journey around the World in the Years 1803, 1804, 1805, and 1806 at the Command of his Imperial Majesty Alexander I in the Ships Nadezhda and Neva)" by Russian Admiral, Adam Johann von Krusenstern in the early 19th century. South Korea's claim that the whole world should follow their local way of calling the sea is nothing but ethnocentrism and self-centeredness. What we must teach our children is that there is rules in the world we should observe. Adopting two names of the sea at schools and supporting a selfish claim by some country will contradict such a goal of education.

Tanaka Kojirou writes:

"EAST SEA" is wrong name. Be careful for South Korean's invalid claim.

Hello. I am Makoto Ichida, a citizen of Japan.

In recent years, a Korean organization, called VANK (Voluntary Agency Network of Korea) has been sending a large number of e-mails to notable world web sites and asking organizations to switch from the name Sea of Japan to East Sea. You might have received their messages, but I caution you about readily accepting their invalid claim, which will be explained below.

Following is some background information regarding VANK and the Sea of Japan, which is a marginal sea of the western Pacific Ocean, bordered by Japan, South Korea, North Korea, and Russia.

1.The beginning was 1992

In 1992, North and South Korea somehow suddenly challenged the sole use of the name Sea of Japan at the Sixth United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names. It was at this time that South Korea insisted that the name of the Sea of Japan be changed to East Sea, or that both names be used simultaneously.

2.Then came VANK

In the late 1990s, a Korean non-governmental internet organization, called VANK, with the support of the Korean government, initiated a massive world-wide campaign to send a collective protest e-mail to various organizations' online web sites. Most of these web sites were media-related or publishing company sites. You can view VANK's campaign at this website:?http://prkorea.com/textbook/sendinvoice01-1.htm

Even though the Sea of Japan is the internationally-established English name, VANK claims, in their e-mails, that the body of water should be renamed the East Sea. The use of the name Sea of Japan has a historical background and a geographical rationale. I would be grateful if you would read further so that you might understand why I believe that VANK's claim is groundless.

3.Why are South Korea and VANK wrong?

South Korea asserts that the "Japanese government and its expansionism and colonial rules intentionally spread the use of Sea of Japan world widely in the latter half of the 19th century."

However, the Japanese government's survey of historical maps confirms that the name Sea of Japan was already prevalent in the early 19th century. Japan had an isolationist policy during the Edo Period (1603-1867), and was unable to exercise any influence to establish the name Sea of Japan. Therefore, their assertion is wholly invalid. Furthermore, South Korea provides no evidence for the assertion that the name East Sea has been used continuously for 2000 years. Even though the name East Sea is in use today in South Korea, it is obvious that the name East Sea is a local name, used only in South Korea, and that the name Sea of Japan is the only name that has been widely used internationally for a long period of time.

South Korea contends that the United Nations (UN) and the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) have issued resolutions that advocate the name East Sea be used together with Sea of Japan. However, neither UNCSGN Resolution III/20 nor IHO Technical Resolution A.4.2.6 includes any specific recommendation to use East Sea alongside Sea of Japan. Further, these resolutions presume that the geographical feature concerned is under the sovereignty of two or more countries, such as in the case of a bay or strait, and does not apply to the high seas such as with the Sea of Japan. Following the South Korea's assertion, if even one of the countries bordering the Atlantic or Pacific were to raise an objection to the names of these oceans, it would lead to the use of multiple names, which would clearly be unmanageable. The international community cannot accept such an argument.

The name East Sea was put forwards internationally by South Korea for the first time in 1990s and is a quite new name in the international community. Thus, the Resolution A4.2.6 should not be applied to the Sea of Japan which has already established itself internationally as a single name. The IHO Directing Committee (IHO-DC) represents the same perception.

Further, as stated below, the UN has already officially confirmed its policy requiring the use of Sea of Japan as the standard geographical term in all official UN publications. The IHO publication "Limits of Oceans and Seas" (S-23) also uses the name Sea of japan for the sea area concerned. This demonstrates that there is no UN or IHO resolution recommending the use of East Sea together with Sea of Japan.

Concerning the unfounded argument that it is fair to designate simultaneously different names as each party claims when there is a dispute over the name of geographical features, the United Nations Secreatriat clarifies its position that it observes the prevailing practice of the single use of Sea of Japan, explaining that dual designation breaches the prevailing practice and infringes the neutrality of the United Nations, and that fairness and neutrality can be achieved only through the observance of the practice.

*The Policy of the United Nations Concerning the Naming of Sea of Japan
http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/maritime/japan/un0406.html

South Korea provided the results of their own survey on historical maps of the world as proof of the validity of their claim. However, a later survey by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan proved that the South Korean survey lacked credibility (South Korean survey is not comprehensive and their survey counts "Oriental Sea" and "Sea of Korea" as East Sea) and it was discovered that there were few historical maps describing the body of water as the East Sea.

4.The only internationally-established name: Sea of Japan

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan conducted a survey of historical maps held by the British Library, the University of Cambridge, the United States Library of Congress, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, and others, and revealed that there were many historical maps describing the body of water as the Sea of Japan, but few maps designating East Sea. Please refer to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan at http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/maritime/japan/index.html#5

Furthermore, the United Nations, as well as the Government of the United States, officially uses the sole description of the Sea of Japan.

The United Nations (UN) recognized Sea of Japan as the standard geographical term in March 2004, and UN policy states that the standard geographical term be used in official UN publications. The UN Secretariat has further clarified its stance on the issue by affirming the need to observe prevailing practice to ensure fairness and neutrality, stating that "without taking sides on the issue, the simultaneous use of both [Sea of Japan and 'East Sea'] infringes on the neutrality of the United Nations."

All federal agencies of the United States are required to use the name Sea of Japan. Other agencies within the United States are strongly encouraged to use the term as well. The governments of other major countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and China, officially use the name Sea of Japan.

*The Policy of the United Nations Concerning the Naming of Sea of Japan
http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/maritime/japan/un0406.html

*The policy of the US Government regarding the name Sea of Japan
http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/maritime/japan/us.html

5.East Sea is inadequate as an international name

South Korea gives the existence of "Sea of Korea" or "Mare Orientale (Oriental Sea)" in the historical maps as a ground for their claims that the name East Sea has a long international history. However, the name East Sea has a clearly different origin from the said other two names. South Korea has been calling the seas west, south and east of their countries "Sohae", "Namhae" and "Donghae/Tonghae" respectively. These names mean West Sea, South Sea and East Sea respectively. In other words, the name East Sea is merely an English translation of Donghae/Tonghae. Oriental Sea refers to the sea of the Orient from the perspective of the Occident, while East Sea means the sea on the eastern side of the Korean peninsula. And it is apparent that Sea of Korea and East Sea are different names. Moreover, it was at the end of 20th century when the name East Sea first appeared in the international community possibly for its political purpose. South Korea implies as if the names Sea of Korea or Oriental Sea equate with the name East Sea, but this is groundless and deceptive treatment. And for your information, there was a name "Eastern Sea" found in many of the old western maps made in the 19th century. This was another name for the current "East China Sea".

Although South Korea claims that the name East Sea means the sea east of Eurasian continent, it is in reality a subjective name from the viewpoint of the Korean Peninsula, because the name East Sea is merely an English translation of Donghae/Tonghae, as mentioned above. South Korea calls the neighboring seas east, south and west from the Korean Peninsula East Sea, South Sea and West Sea respectively. It should be regarded as self-righteousness to insist such a name based on direction from its own country as an international name.

In addition, while South Korea refers to Sea of Japan as Donghae/Tonghae, which means East Sea, China calls the "East China Sea" "Tonghai", which also means East Sea in China. These two names are just same when expressed in Chinese characters, which are common in the languages of China, Korea, and Japan. Thus, if these two names same in Chinese characters are used for neighboring waters, it must cause confusion among mariners, navigators and rescue teams who can read Chinese characters.

The name identical to East Sea is also used in the countries other than China. For example, "South China Sea" is called "Biendong" in Vietnam, which means East Sea in Vietnamese and thus East Sea is officially used as an English name for the water by the Government of Vietnam. A name that means East Sea is frequently used in Europe as well, such as the German name "Ostsee" and Swedish name "Ostersjon," both for "Baltic Sea" and mean "East Sea" in each language. Thus, East Sea can hardly be an international specific name for a certain limited area of water. Using such a name used for many different waters in the world as an international name must bring confusion among navigators worldwide.

As mentioned above, South Korea refers to the water south of the Korean Peninsula as Namhae, which means South Sea. A part of this area of South Sea is included in the sea that is referred to as the Sea of Japan in the current guideline S-23 (third edition, 1953).This means that the body of water that South Korea claims to call East Sea internationally includes a part of the water which South Korea itself calls South Sea. This kind of inconsistency can also be a problem, because clear delimitation of oceans and seas are necessary to navigational safety.

Also, as we have already discussed, South Korea calls the seas west, south and east of it Sohae, Namhae and Donghae/Tonghae (which will be West Sea, South Sea and East Sea respectively if shown in English). However, South Korea only claims to change the Sea of Japan to East Sea, and does not claim to change the "Yellow Sea" to West Sea or East China Sea to South Sea. This fact brings up the suspicion that South Korea intentionally sets only to make the Sea of Japan its target.

6.Sea of Japan was adopted in the first edition of the guideline S-23 (1929) without the intention of Japan

South Korea criticizes that Japan had submitted the name Sea of Japan to International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) in 1929 without consulting South Korea. However, the name Sea of Japan was adopted in the guideline S-23 on the basis of the fact that it had already established itself internationally as a single name by that time. Japan has never strongly claimed the usage of the name Sea of Japan to the international community.

Also, the fact should be noted that the name East Sea claimed by South Korea did not exist on any nautical chart in the world, which the IHO had referred to in preparation of the guideline before 1928.

And for your information, as mentioned above, the name Sea of Japan had established itself internationally as a single name by early 19th century. On the other hand, South Korea had never raised this issue to the United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names (UNCSGN) or IHO until the 1990s. Moreover, South Korea had been using the name Sea of Japan in their official navigational charts. In other words, there is a historical fact that South Korea had accepted the name Sea of Japan for nearly 50 years after it had moved itself out of the influence of Japan in the Second World War. Also, in the process of compiling the guideline S-23, as of 1986, South Korea agreed to inscribe the name Sea of Japan alone. The name East Sea first appeared in the nautical charts of South Korea in 1995. These pieces of information are from the website of the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Department of Japan Coast Guard at http://www1.kaiho.mlit.go.jp/GIJUTSUKOKUSAI/nihonkai/position_eng.htm

7.Possible problems with the South Korean claim

Should such a claim by Korea on the names of oceans and seas be accepted, so must other similar self-interest claims. This would go against one of the objectives of the IHO, "the greatest possible uniformity in nautical charts and documents," and accordingly, possibly become a harmful precedent that opens the door on worldwide mariner confusion on the names of oceans and seas. In terms of ensuring navigational safety, continuity in the names of oceans and seas is important.

For these reasons, I recommend that you retain the sole use of the name Sea of Japan in all of your documents and atlases.

Thank you for taking the time to consider my e-mail. I trust you will use sound judgment.

Yours truly,

Makoto Ichida

Other relevant web sites:

1.Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

?*The Issue of the Name of the Sea of Japan
?http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/maritime/japan/index.html

2.Pamphlets produced by Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

?(1) A Historical overview of the name "Sea of Japan" [PDF]
?http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/maritime/japan/pamph0606.pdf

?(2) History of the name "Sea of Japan" [PDF]
?http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/maritime/japan/history.pdf

?(3) Sea of Japan [PDF]
?http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/maritime/japan/pamph0208.pdf

?(4) Sea of Japan - The One and Only Name Familiar to the International Community [English (PDF)]
?http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/maritime/japan/pamph0903.pdf

3.Hydrographic and Oceanographic Department of Japan Coast Guard

?*Naming of "Japan Sea"
?http://www1.kaiho.mlit.go.jp/GIJUTSUKOKUSAI/nihonkai/index_eng.htm

GTO writes:

United States had already use the name of Sea of Japan when USS Susquehanna and commandar Mattew Perry arrival on Japan on 1850's at least.
http://seaofjapan-noeastsea.blogspot.com/2011/12/dear-mark-kirkkorean-lies-about-sea-of.html

Korean use the name of Sea of Japan before annexation of 1910. Korean use the name of Sea of Japan in official document, their textbooks, geography books and newspaper. Those are evidence that refute Korean fake claim "the name of Sea of Japan imperialism name" In addition, Korean doesn't protest against the name of Sea of Japan till 1989, that is to say, Korean recognized the name is proper till 1989.
https://sites.google.com/site/japanseamerdujapon/Home/korean-use-the-name-of-sea-of-japan-i

Koreans claim based on Korean govemental nationalistic anti-japan brainwashed proapganda Kim-Jungil or Natiz method which spoiles propaganda against naughty kids. Thier movment against Sea of Japan come from those mad brainwash govermental propaganda.Those kids and parents bear the fury and offensive attitude in mind, is insane.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAK64INxLWk

ISHIHARA, Eiichi writes:

??????????????????????????East Sea??????Sea of Japan??????????????????????SB200??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

?????????????????IHO???????????????????Sea of Japan?????????????????????????

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Yumiko writes:

The Republic of Korea(ROK) contends that the United Nations(UN) and the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) have issued resolutions that advocate the name "East Sea" be used together with Sea of Japan. However, neither UNCSGN Resolution ?/20 nor IHO Technical Resolution A.4.2.6. includes any specific recommendation to use "East Sea" alongside Sea of Japan. Further, these resolutions presume that the geographical feature concerned is under the sovereignty of two or more countries, such as in the case of a bay or strait, and do not apply to the high seas such as the Sea of Japan. Following the ROK's assertion, if even one of the countries bordering the Atlantic or the Pacific were to raise an objection to the name of the ocean, it would lead to the use of multiple names, which would clearly be unmanageable. The international community cannot accept such an argument.

Further, the UN has already officially confirmed its policy requiring the use of Sea of Japan as the standard geographical term in all official UN publications. The IHO publication "Limits of Oceans and Seas" also uses only the name Japan Sea for the sea area concerned. This demonstrates that there is no UN or IHO resolution recommending the use of "East Sea" together with Sea of Japan.

????????????? writes:

?Sea of Japan? is ?Sea of Japan?.
since long long long years ago?

East Sea? ????????

tomoko miyake writes:

?Sea of Japan? is ?Sea of Japan?.
since long long years ago

East Sea? ????????

tomoko miyake writes:

Sea of Japan is Sea of Japan.
since long long years ago

not East Sea. never East Sea.

chongov writes:

" Sea of Japan " is a normal name for the world.
Those nasty Koreans are so unreasonable.

I am a Chinese.
Although there are some disputes between China and Japan,
I support Japan in this matter,
Since "East Sea" refer to "East China Sea" in China.

If "Sea of Japan" was replaced by "East Sea",
How can I say "East China Sea" in Chinese?

Damn Suck Koreans!

Hiroyuki writes:

It is clear that it is the Sea of Japan.
East Sea?????
East Sea is East China Sea.
In the East Sea of ??Korea is not
Mr.Marsden, do you hate Japan and China?

Waldo Jaquith writes:

I have modified the text encoding of the comments system to allow Unicode characters, including logographic writing systems like hanzi, kanji, etc. They should now display properly.

Hey Dave writes:

Why are you trying to change our text book to serve Korea's interest? I know where you got the money, but who elected you?

Editor’s Pick
AOKI Yoshihiko writes:

The concurrent use of the term "East Sea" with "Sea of Japan" clearly contradicts the Federal Government of The United States' view on the terminology of the sea area concerned.
In the daily press briefing on 8th of August 2011, the U.S. State Department Deputy Spokesman Mr. Mark C. Toner asserted, in response to the question regarding the only use of the term "Sea of Japan" on the said area of sea, that "(w)e also use the terminology the Sea of Japan, which is the internationally recognized terminology." and for his backing he mentioned the determination of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN).
The so-called U.S. Board on Geographic Names is the Federal body created in 1890 and established in its present form by Public Law in 1947. It defines itself as "a central authority" of geographic nomenclature for the Federal Government and the public, and that "(d)ecisions of the Board were accepted as binding by all departments and agencies of the Federal Government."
Although the decisions of BGN is not binding other than the Federal Government, the U.S. citizens and the organizations and such (including the Federal States) are advised to use BGN advocated geographic terms to avoid inconsistencies and contradictions.
On the other hand, the conflict of the term "Sea of Japan" was caused by Korea for the territorial dispute between Japan and Korea for the sovereignty over the so-called Liancourt Rocks, located in the sea area concerned. As the Korean officials have repeatedly been purporting to have the connection between the said terminology conflict and the territorial dispute, it is the highly diplomatic issue, and in my understanding, the U.S. diplomacy is the arbitrary power to which only the Federal Government is allowed to exercise. Therefore, the Commonwealth of Virginia should not commit this political game at first hand, and at all means to avoid any potential row which may cause.
Should this bill to be legislated, the negative effect causes for the Virginia is not only serious damage to the long good relationship with the Government of Japan and its people, but the confrontation of the policy between that of Virginia and of the Federal Government of the United States itself.
In order to evade such political risk, this bill should be abolished.

Kwon writes:

"EAST SEA" that Korea claimed is not justified.

In Virginia, is this Koreans act also(below link "library Ambush") allowed?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmRGjO4Jj0Q

Sally writes:

http://ameblo.jp/asuka-1020-umare/entry-11137288593.html

As the above, Korean students/people want to change the world legitimate historical facts, such as so called war time comfort women-it is just professional prostitute at that time)(Takeshima, which is one of islands of Japan, was stolen by Korean President Li in 1952).

If this kind of deed is allowed, anything is all right.
No Law, just emotion, I want this, will control our world.
I am afraid that they want to change the USA to Korea one day.

Politician who help this kind of non-sense might be given lots of money by Koreans.
 Sen. Dave Marsden, how much money you were given by KOrean community or Embassy??

I am sorry to say this, but Koreans are creating problems which they are dreaming fantasy in their head to make its true.

 I do hope that Koreans grow to mature as good member of our society.

Ellyn writes:

Sea of Japan is Sea of Japan. I don't know why Korean people want to change the name. They just want to tease Japanese people! But you know, even though the name of the sea is Sea of Japan, doesn't mean Japan is better than Korea or Korea is losing. So take it easy, just don't bother complaining about things that you can't change. I know Korean people hate Japan, but please don't.

robert legge writes:

Is this really something that the legislature needs to be doing? Don't we have DOE for this kind of stuff. Is the GA going to micromanage all school textbooks? And Tanaka, learn to summarize.

Thomas writes:

”korean distorure movement”, to put the patch of "East Sea" to seal the atlash onto the "sea of japan" part.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfm3wQnZFPI

Insane.

Mai writes:

Don't believe Korean propaganda, please.

I heard that Korean are sticking a seal of "East sea" on the name "Sea of Japan" of map or atlas in library in all over the world.
If you find that map in your neighbor library, please call staff.

From Japan, sincerely.

yocchin writes:

Sea of Japan is Sea of Japan.
East Sea?
I never once heard the East Sea.
since long long years ago.

http://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/area/nihonkai_k/houshin.html

Mari writes:

Please know this is a kind of the movement of inventions by Korea and its people.They try to steal anything they want with various ways.I'm afraid America will be polluted by those propaganda by the politicians pressured or given bribes by Korea.
The politician helping this invalid claim should be ashamed of his ignorance or untrueness.
I believe most of you select the right way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_583788&src_vid=sW4H2PGj6JU&feature=iv&v=FaOCQ9AQyP0

Bizen kurage writes:

I can't agree.
Not East Sea but Sea of Japan.

T writes:

Have a look at this video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAYNLPmQSd0

Should this bill to be legislated, the citizens of Virginia could be exposed themselves to negative reactions. For example, many smokers in Japan may stop buying cigarette/tabacco products containing leaves from Virginia.

Please consider which is more important for you, either the Korean minority interest in Virginia that may damage relations and economy OR the peoples' majority interests in Virginia??

Yutaroh Imai writes:

No.

The name east-sea is so widely used in the world. It is not suitable to point a unique region.

I Love Japan writes:

I'm a Japanese and I never can agree with this offer.
There is no "EAST SEA" all around the world.
"SEA OF JAPAN" is nothing but "SEA OF JAPAN".

tad writes:

I believe American's sensible and healthly common sence.
We are irrplaceable friend forever.

Taka kKita writes:

Why the wanna change now?
There is no reason for change.
It dosen't make sence at all.

Hiroshi Matsushima writes:

It is usual that Korean president and government say nasty things to Japan as the percentage of those supporting the present cabinet has fallen. Their foolish demanding should be ignored and should never accept the request.

Love Japan USA writes:

Say NO to east sea!
there is no such thing as east sea!

the correct name is Sea of Japan!
Japan kept sea of Japan for many many centuries, and kept the ocean very clean, and safe!
korea has nothing to do with sea of Japan,a dn there is no reson to change the name whatsoever!

stay aay from sea of Japan korea!
and stop polluting the ocean!!

Japa demands for its cleaness, and safetiness!

keep SEA of Japan safe and clean!!

?.? writes:

sea of japan only!!

say no! east sea

Miya writes:

Writing east sea is a mistake.

1. east sea is west sea.
Please see the map at the University of Minnesota
"Speed, John, 1552?-1629. (Asia)"
http://www.lib.umn.edu/bell/histmapimages
Korea Japan and "the west ocean" are on the right of the map.
"the east ocean" are on the left of India.
Why, it is because the earth is round.
Appendix.
There is Nicolas Sanson's map at the University of Osaka.
http://www2.library.osaka-u.ac.jp/tenji/maps/img0084.jpg
OCEANUS OCCIDENTALIS means west ocean.

2. east sea is north sea.
Should we use both of international common name and regional name ?
In old age before "Sea of ​​Japan" becomes global standard,japanese called the sea as "north sea".
If you write east sea , you should write north sea too.

3. common rules.
In the same rule,the world is filled with the East Sea,West Sea,North Sea and South Sea.

Hinomaru Yamaho writes:

Why does it call it "EAST SEA"?
It will be the Pacific Ocean if there is not Japan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n-w1F7CcJI

Doragon_of_echigo writes:

Of course "Sea of Japan" is the common in the world. Korea always spread wrong history and insult Japan. Because they don't have history, culture and so on.. That's why, they steal another's culture (ex, all civilization was born in Korea!! The origin of Sushi is Korea! etc...)

Tom writes:

No!!
Korea always tells lies.
Don't believe that they say.

Tatsuo Kawaoka writes:

NO‼
Always Korea, the Japanese culture, Korean culture say it, and steal.
First name Sea of ​​Japan was named the Russians, the venerable name of the sea.

TANAKA writes:

It will become West sea, if it is East Sea and the Sea of Japan will be seen from Japan.
South Korea was called Sea of Japan till 1986.
Moreover, the United Nations also accepts as the Sea of Japan.
A parallel entry is breaking the custom of the conventional United Nations, and if it stops being neutrality, it is issuing a statement.

Erika writes:

No the bill should be voided.

Internationally, it's Sea of Japan and East Sea could be anywhere. The east sea for the east coast of the North America is Atlantic Ocean.

Besides, if there were no Japanese islands that sea would be just Pacific Ocean.

And the coast lines along the Sea of Japan
consists mostly of the ones of the Japanese coast lines in quantity.

Coastline comparison
Japan > Russia > Korea (South and North combined)

Yoshiaki Saito writes:

The name of "Sea of Japan"is approved by the United Nations and widely authorized by the international society.
Koreans always make up the fake history.
Takeshima is a territory of Japan.
Please refer to this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xg4DYezjGZE&feature=plcp&context=C3b292d1UDOEgsToPDskJzpoaT2yEgs5CyQpqKrm9o

A?ARAI writes:

This is No.

klook writes:

The Korean speaking by rude agreement gets mental sick
If it is only a Korean to say the reason Tokai, Japan will be the east, or, seeing from China and Russia, Japan do not be concerned with the Korean at all after unpleasant now

Patata1102 writes:

Koreans always tell lie.
"Sea of Japan" is "Sea of Japan". NOT "East Sea".

MIYA toshi writes:

This is No

Kou Ko writes:

No

johan writes:

South Koreans are liars.
South Koreans are going to pillage all Japanese.
South Koreans are good at a lie.
Probably, everybody also knows?

Masaru Hirano writes:

NO
I'm a Japanese and I never can agree with this offer.
There is no "EAST SEA" all around the world.
"SEA OF JAPAN" is nothing but "SEA OF JAPAN".

takuma tadano writes:

This is No

Shinobi-no-mono writes:

From Japan .... "East Sea" is "West Sea".

morris-k writes:

No!!

MILKY writes:

NO NO NO!!!!

takehiro yamamoto writes:

"Japan Sea" is better because it identifies where it is located.
"East Sea" is totally confusing; Pacific Ocean is "east sea" for Japan, Taiwan, and Philippines, and Atrantic Ocean is also "east sea" for the U.S., Brazil, and Argentina.
ABSOLUTELY NO!

Okada writes:

NO!

HONBA TAIZEN writes:

"Sea of ​​Japan" is the only name recognized in the world . Looking at history, it is correct that no one will doubt. If you accept the name East Sea that Korea claims, it would be a lot of confusion and trouble. The same area should be South sea from Russia. A map of China, East China Sea, internationally recognized, displayed as the East Sea. Korean's selfish claim is absolutely ridiculous.

bkjohn writes:

Dear Sen. Dave Marsden

Friendly warning:
SB200 is going to be a big mistake.
The issue needs to be settled between Japan and
Korea first, and then the result may be reflected
on the US textbooks if necessary.

Incidentally, I highly recommend you to watch this
video to see what kinds of problems exist between
Japan and Korea:

Japanese Culture or Korean:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZ6v65__ewc

It'll help you see if you can trust what Korea claims.

bkjohn

Mattew writes:

Only Phycho supports korean governmental claim of anti-Sea of Japan/Anti Japan
Korean destroys the exhibited map in a Berlin wall museum which wrote "Sea of Japan"
http://nidasoku.blog106.fc2.com/blog-entry-1341.html
in addition,there are idiot insane movement Korean put the patch seal of East Sea onto the original descrpiton of Sea of Japan.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfm3wQnZFPI

Wise and normal people doesnt support those stupid movmemt.

Only Phycho support Korean claims.

Taka kKita writes:

Hey You have to complain to China too!
They say [Yellow sea] as you say[West sea]in Korea.
You wanna change everything?
NO WAY!
Korean just act for 「Anti-Japan」
They steal all culture&habit from Japan!
Check it sounds

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTnHBCyDh58&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bivg7cDHeyg&feature=related

They are liar!!!

Takeshi Imaizumi writes:

We have to know some Korean people do bad action.
We have to know what kind of action will be done next.
They aren't on the place Anti - Japan.
They are on the place Anti- not Korea.

OGATA Takahiro writes:

Without Japan, it is just the Pacific. yeah that's true...

Atsushi Sugawara writes:

Sea of Japan is the established English name and also the international name for the body of water between the Eurasian Continent and the Japanese Archipelago. But East Sea is the translated Korean local name and it is the name only Korean people use. It is irrational to include the Korean local name in all textbooks in a state of an English speaking country.

kannnazuki6540 writes:

Do not be deceived in the delusion of the Korean !

The Korean forges the history of the own country and educates a child .

The education of Korea covers that it was a Chinese dependency .

It is a race having no sense of shame.

Why does the Korean tell a lie?(1/3): http://youtu.be/9ATZG6pyY88

Mattew?Perry writes:

The freindship between Japan and United States from Commandar Mattew Perry. United States Navy already use the name of "J A P A N S E A" at the ages.

Korean claims "Japan Sea because of annexation of Korea"? Joke!
http://seaofjapan-noeastsea.blogspot.com/2012/01/1856narrative-of-expedition-of-american.html

Hiroki writes:

It's just that Korean want to steal every thing of Japan.

T.Kusunoki writes:

Sea of Japan is Sea of Japan.

J H writes:

You may regard and natually call "Sea of Japan", or "Japan Sea" from ancient time, UNLESS you are a stake holder on Korea now or are asking for "small gifts" from Korean activists. It is too obvious.

Heejune Ahn writes:

What will you say if people keep calling USA as a United States of India, since the Columbus thought it is India and recorded it as India historically? America is not a India, however it is mistakenly known at first.

East sea is part of Korea and it have been long long time. Only because Japan accepted the western system earlier than Korea. So, you western people just recorded it as Japanese call it. How strange it is!

It is just like you keep calling Askimo for the Alaska people. Negro for black people. It is not name of them, just other poeple called that.

Do you want to be called something differently what you want, just because ohter made a silly nickname on you?

hogehoge writes:

I would like you to appeal to South Korea as the International Court of Justice.
South Korea does not appeal to the International Court of Justice because South Korean confidence knows well that something to say of South Korea is what does not have justification in any way.

setsunadoubleo writes:

The Sea of Japan is the Sea of Japan.
Why does South Korea assert East-Sea?
Anti-Japan is one reason.
But real reason is in capture of seabed resources.
By such temporizing intention, it is not allowed to change the name of a place etc.

tang tang writes:

"sea of japan" is widely used in the world in these centuries.
and its already the only common name in the world.
i know that sea had many names in very old maps of east asia.
but all of them are obsolete except for "sea of japan".
now "east sea" is just regional name in korea.
but nobody in the world forbid korean to use the name.
why does korean force world people to use it?
please be fair.

NADESIKO writes:

It is opposed to writing together Tokai. Don't be under a South Korean thumb.

SAKURA writes:

This is no.

MAASA writes:

"Sea of Japan" is called in the world.
"East Sea" ??? Why are you call error name?
"Sea of Japan" is only name.

Knight of fortune writes:

The "Sea of Japan" is the name currently used all over the world.
"Ease sea" is the name currently used only in South Korea.
It is even amusing to use an argument.

Kiku-Ichimonnji writes:

Are you serious? What Korean stupid?

If you want to change the name, should indicate the rationale.

Rather than the other materials were fabricated.

happle writes:

Just say NO!

This is just for Korean and American-Korean's egoism.
Everybody mustn't spoil them.

kz writes:

If you have been against the quibble like this, there is no cut. If Chinese request to call "Sea of Japan" "Northeast Sea", what do you do?

Arucard writes:

Just say NO!
"Sea of Japan" is "Sea of Japan".
And "Sea of Japan" is not eastern sea.
"Sea of Japan" is western sea.

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