The Japanese newspaper, “San-in Chuo Shimpo,” has posted a new article on Takeshima (Dokdo). You can find the article at the following link:
Here is a draft translation of the article:
Both Japan and South Korea claim Takeshima (Korean name: Dokdo) as their territory, but old Korean maps have been found that refute Korea’s claim. They were submitted on the eve of “Takeshima Day,” which is February 22nd, by Mr. Gerry Bevers, an American who studies the Takeshima problem in South Korea.
Mr. Bevers draws attention to the fact that before 1905, the year Japan annexed Takeshima into the Shimane prefecture, the name “Dokdo” was not found in any Korean documents or on any Korean maps. South Korea claims that is because the name for Dokdo in the old documents and on the old maps was “Usando.”
Mr. Bevers, however, has submitted copies of three old maps stored in Seoul National University’s “Gyujanggak” museum that refute South Korea’s claim. The maps are of the Korean island of Ulleungdo, which is ninety-two kilometers northwest of Takeshima.
One of the maps, which is undated, shows a small island east of Ulleungdo with the following written on it: “The so-called Usando, fields of Haejangjuk.” It is pointed out that Haejangjuk is a kind of bamboo that cannot grow on Takeshima, which is essentially just a cluster of rocks where bamboo does not grow.
The map, dated 1834, has a graduated scale of ten Korean ri (one Korean ri equals 0.4 kilometers). It shows a small island labeled as “Usan,” which refers to Usando, situated about four kilometers east of Ulleungdo. That means the island is not Takeshima, but is Ulleungdo’s neighboring island of “Jukseo” (Jukdo).
Takashi Tsukamoto at the National Diet Library [of Japan], who is familir with the Takeshima problem said, “[Mr. Bevers’ claim] contains a new dicovery based on an investigation that a resident in South Korean can carry out. The map with “fields of haejangjuk” (海長竹田) on it is especially important in that it can prove that Usan was not Takeshima/Dokto.”
Mr. Bevers intially questioned the anti-Japanese feelings in Korea that was triggered by the establishment of Takeshima Day and began his study of Takeshima/Dokto. He publishes the results of his study on the Internet.
Here are the two maps shown in the article with links to my posts explaining them:
UPDATE: Here is a link to a Korean-language article talking about the article in the Japanese newspaper.
Links to More Posts on Takeshima/Dokdo (With Japanese translations)