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Dokdo adherents advertise on google adwords

July 30th, 2008 . by Matt

I was reading my mails when I noticed that on the top of my gmail screen there was an ad from a Korean site asserting Korean ownership of the Liancourt Rocks. I screen captured it below.

google adwords dokdo

The link leads to a silly video (posted below) that will convince no one except Koreans about “Dokdo” and “the East Sea”. On the issue of calling the Sea of Japan the East Sea, as far as I know most English speaking westerners do not mind what Koreans call the Sea of Japan in their own language, but object to the idea that they should change the words that they are using (Sea of Japan) just to suit Korean tastes. Furthermore the East Sea issue is clearly motivated by anti-Japanese feeling and prejudice, given that there are other seas around Korea with other names that Korea is not objecting to.

These people have money to burn on unconvincing ads.

6 Responses to “Dokdo adherents advertise on google adwords”

  1. comment number 1 by: Errol

    Lee Seung-man put an occupation force on Liancourt Rocks for one reason and one reason only; to revenge in a small way the invasion of Korea by Japan.

    Everyone in Korea knows that this is the reason.

    Knowing that Korea will never want to lose face by solving the dispute by producing documents at the ICJ and that Japan’s current Constitution forbids the use of military force to solve international disputes, Takeshima will remain the trophy of Korea in a the court of practicality.

    In the Court of Public Opinion, Korean will always be on the back foot.

  2. comment number 2 by: wiesunja

    Here is how a Japanese, Chinese, or any other person from a normal mature civilized nation presents an argument over disputed

    territory such as Takeshima.

    – presents the argument that “Takeshima is Japanese as a result of the following pieces of historical data”
    – Doing extensive research and inquiries over the history of the dispute using empirical data and collecting FACTUAL evidence.
    – Engaging in mature rational discussion using logic and EVIDENCE.
    – Offering to take the issue to a third party arbitration (court)

    Here is how Koreans presents his/her argument to prove ownership of Dokdo

    – Screams and yells, “Dokdo is Korean because we say it is”
    – Mutilate birds, dogs, pigs in public as a sign of protest.
    – Cut off their fingers and send them to the opposing nation’s embassy.
    – Burn the flags of other countries.
    – Eat the flags of other countries.
    – Go onto internet message boards and flood them with trolling posts full of racist language and profanity aimed at the other


    What a difference in attitudes between Korea and the rest of the world.

  3. comment number 3 by: Errol

    The general reneging on promises is where Korea has problems in the Court of Opinion. The pheasant behaviour is just a sideshow.

    This sentence links to an article on Dubya’s options if King Kim Jeong-il doesn’t meet his commitment to verify its nuclear weapons program in the next 10 days.

  4. comment number 4 by: GarlicBreath

    Somebody needs to spend all day clicking on that link to drive up the cost.

  5. comment number 5 by: GarlicBreath

    I liked the old format better. 🙁

  6. comment number 6 by: ViinatoMoh

    The reason why this dispute is heated in the first place is because of resources, i.e. natural gas: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/GL23Dg02.html

    Since both South Korea and Japan have few natural resources, both sides want whatever they can have.