Japanprobe reports that Debito’s wikipedia entry has been edited and the criticism removed after he requested that people make alterations on his blog.

However just because changes were made does not mean that it will not be changed again or reverted.

Posted by Matt, filed under Random. Date: August 25, 2008, 11:20 am | 28 Comments »

20  Aug
Debito on TV

Debito managed to get on TV to complain about police harrassment during the G8 summit.

He claims to have been treated like a terrorist. I listened to the recording he made of the policeman talking to him, and I do not think it was like that at all. Perhaps the police were looking for foreign agitators, but found a naturalised one instead ;-) .

Posted by Matt, filed under Japan society. Date: August 20, 2008, 8:23 am | 28 Comments »

The Korean media wheels out foreigners from time to time to say that Dokdo belongs to Korea. This time Mark Lovmo is featured in the Korea Times.

An American elementary school teacher said Sunday that the United States should designate the Dokdo islets as South Korean territory.

Mark Lovmo, a teacher at a Minneapolis primary school, is now operating an independent Web site about Dokdo, which is also claimed by Japan.

According to Yonhap News, Lovmo supported his argument by saying that “Japan’s 1905 incorporation of Dokdo did not follow accepted protocols, and was done almost in total secret… the Japanese made sure that Korea had no ability to dispute the claim at the time.”

Considering there is nothing on his site that is unique or original research, this is of doubtful newsworthiness in any country other than Korea. I wonder why they are talking to Lovmo and not Steve Barber, who seems to be the most active foreigner working on behalf of the Koreans on the Liancourt Rocks issue.

Posted by Matt, filed under diplomacy. Date: August 18, 2008, 6:03 pm | 54 Comments »

Some foreign students visited the Liancourt Rocks and were told by their Korean hosts that the islets belong to Korea.

Foreign students in Busan have paid a visit to Dokdo, amid renewed diplomatic activity to head off challenges to Korea’s sovereignty over its easternmost islets.

Some 60 students from nine countries including China and India who are attending universities in the southeastern port city were invited to the islets in the East Sea to inform them of Korea’s sovereignty over the islets. The trip was organized by the Dokdo School established in 1994.

Students spent most of it on a ship watching a dance performance on Dokdo and listening to lectures about the sovereignty issue that focused on international law and ancient maps.

I wonder if the maps shown were like the photoshopped maps at the Dokdo Museum. They would have to be since Korea does not have any maps before the 20th century, much less “ancient maps”, of the Liancourt Rocks.

Why not give students both sides of the story and letting them decide for themselves whether the Liancourt Rocks should belong to Korea, Japan, or neither country?

Thanks to James for the link.

Posted by Matt, filed under diplomacy. Date: August 3, 2008, 7:58 pm | 6 Comments »