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“Dokdo is Korean territory” – Japanese language calendar issued by SK government

January 9th, 2006 . by Matt

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Crazy about Dokdo – Dokdo panties

It seems that the Korean government has issued a calendar in Japanese that says that Dokdo (Takeshima) is Korean territory. According to FNN News, the August page of the Calendar has a large picture of Dokdo (Takeshima) and says “Dokdo rests in the East Sea and is the territory of Korea”.

Here is the calendar

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The calendar was released by the Korean government public relations body, and the Japanese government protested it. Although Dokdo has appeared in calendars from the Korean Travel Bureau, this is the first time it has appeared in a publication directly controlled by the government.

This is not the first time the Korean government has seemingly tried to provoke the Japanese over Dokdo. When Korea ran its first flight of a converted F-15 (dubbed the ‘K-16’) they chose to fly over Dokdo – for no other reason than to provoke the Japanese, and perhaps to ‘bravely’ sabre rattle at the Japanese that have stated that they will only use peaceful means to get Takeshima (Dokdo) back.

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The ‘K-16’ flying over Dokdo (Takeshima)

We should not forget the Korean warship called ‘Dokdo’ either.

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Naming a warship Dokdo, an island which is the subject of an international dispute. Is Korea trying to send an oblique message to Japan by doing that?

Why does Korea need to make militaristic statements against a country with a peace constitution? I would suggest that it is because Japanese will not respond with force that the Koreans feel free to do this. There is a big difference between the Korean attitude to China and the Korean attitude to Japan at this moment. Koreans still practice 사대 事大, which means ‘worship of the powerful’. It is the reason why Koreans were slavishly following China, the Mongols, the Chin, and lastly the Japanese for most of their history.

I think that considering this Japanese policy is mostly to blame. The Japanese attitude is one of virtually asking to be bullied.


20 Responses to ““Dokdo is Korean territory” – Japanese language calendar issued by SK government”

  1. comment number 1 by: darintenb

    It’s a sad world where Japan’s policy on not using war to settle international disputes is at blame. I think those trying to abuse Japan’s policy are the ones really at blame.. but that’s just me 😉

  2. comment number 2 by: nig

    Matt,

    I think that considering this Japanese policy is mostly to blame. The Japanese attitude is one of virtually asking to be bullied.

    How do you think the Japanese should react?

  3. comment number 3 by: Matt

    How do you think the Japanese should react?

    I dont know for sure. I would hate to think that Japan would get into a shouting match with Korea. Perhaps they could remain polite while being more vociferous in making their case.

    BTW, please use blockquotes.

  4. comment number 4 by: Schopenhauer

    The Korean government is clearly here sending a very negative and milataristic message out to the rest of the world. Naming a warship Dokudo, and flying the F-15s over the islands was clearly unnecessary. Perhaps this will work against the Korean government in the end as it calls attention once again to a problem that if they were quiet about would go unnoticed by the rest of the world. If they would just take this problem to a world court this would be settled, but that would mean that they would like justice to be done and that is very unlikely. There are some very dissapointing attitudes and decisions coming from Korea lately…

  5. comment number 5 by: tomato

    I agree with Matt’s comment.

    Japan thought that her peace-first and no-war foreign/domestic policy would facilitate world peace. But, it happened so that it allowed Japan to be the No.1 scapegoat in East Asia, because Japan would never fight back no matter how rude (and crude) an insult she receives regarding herself.

    But at the same time, I think Japan has known for hundreds of years that the Koreans enjoy endlessly arguing history (or any abstract and not-so-important issues)and often distorts facts for the sake of their argument. So it is natural for the Japanese to quit fighting back, since it really goes on endlessly. I’m sure the Chinese know this, too. I’m pretty much sure that this fondness of endless argument (but never any material actions) led to the demise of the kingdom of Josen.

  6. comment number 6 by: ponta

    Nig
    How do you think Korea should do about this issue?
    Do you think Koreans are doing right thing?

  7. comment number 7 by: nig

    Ponta,

    I agree with the Korean military presence on the island. It was a successful strategic move from Korea’s point of view.

    I think some of the Korean promotional campaigns were quite crude and unhelpful however.

    I just don’t see what the Japanese can do about it that would help their cause while not damaging their international profile. The international community would turn on Japan very quickly if they started to throw their weight around too much.

  8. comment number 8 by: Katz

    Matt, why do you say “provoke” for something obvious. When did Korea ever claimed other territories were theirs. Isn’t they just defending themselves rather than threatening? About the F-16s flying over Dokdo it was during New Year. Besides why Korea now is arming themselves is not because of Japan nor to attack it (since when?) but because of China.

  9. comment number 9 by: darintenb

    When did Korea ever claimed other territories were theirs. Isn’t they just defending themselves rather than threatening?

    Well, from the Japanese stand point, yes. Japan says Takeshima is theirs, Korea says Dokto is theirs. Japan is claiming Korean territory, and Korea is claiming Japanese territory. What are they defending themselves from? Japan hasn’t taken warships into disputed waters correct? The islands/rocks are disputed. They’re not Koreas, and their not Japans, they’re disputed. What is Korea defending itself from exactly? A country that has no military and has outlawed using war to settle international disputes? Next think you known S. Korea will be developing nukes to defend themselves from the Vatican.

  10. comment number 10 by: ponta

    NIg
    “I agree with the Korean military presence on the island. It was a successful strategic move from Korea’s point of view”

    I don’t think the Korean military presence was wise option when Japan and Korea have the treay to settle the any political issue peacefully.

  11. comment number 11 by: Travolta

    The Korean propaganda has certainly worked on the Korean population. When I asked one of my ADULT (probably 45 years old) students about his views on Dokdo he openly said “I’d gladly give my life for the defence of Dokdo. It’s very important”. Of course I was amazed that even a well educated (Seoul National University) person like he should have such an irational point of view. This man was ready to die, leaving a wife and two children for Dokdo.

    That said, he also thought Japan had annexed Korea in 1905 at which point I corrected him, telling him it was 1910. (I know most say that Japan pretty much controlled Korea by 1905 but the official annexation occured in 1910 – correct me if im wrong PLEASE) I think the government and the media has slipped in 5 extra years of Japanese occupation through speaches like the one the unification minister sent to the newspaper (someone please link it if u can find it) and people now have 1905 in their heads rather than 1910. An extra 5 years reason to hate Japan ^^

    One question for anyone who can give me some insight; What benefit does blind nationalism give to a country? I assume it keeps the people in the country, allows the government to get away with more things and allows the government to assume it’s people will fight if need be. Are there any other reasons? Are there economic reasons? I wish I had studied this kind of stuff in uni!

  12. comment number 12 by: darintenb

    One question for anyone who can give me some insight; What benefit does blind nationalism give to a country?

    Control. Considering military service is mandatory, at the drop of the hat the entire nation can be converted into one big military. That’s where the 20% that said they’d attack Japan if America attacked North Korea come into play.

  13. comment number 13 by: nou

    hello, Travolta,

    I wrote a post beginning with your comment. I hope it will be OK for you. If not, i will erase your comment from it.

    It’s a rather long response to you, so i give you the adress instead of copy and pasting it.

    http://urbanara.wordpress.com/2006/01/10/nationalism-in-korea/

  14. comment number 14 by: Katz

    “That said, he also thought Japan had annexed Korea in 1905 at which point I corrected him, telling him it was 1910. (I know most say that Japan pretty much controlled Korea by 1905 but the official annexation occured in 1910 – correct me if im wrong PLEASE)”

    That’s when WWII started but Japan had already annexed Korea. Offical? Hahaha… Don’t write in a convinced manner. This irritates me. And if you don’t like Korea leave it. Go to Japan.

  15. comment number 15 by: ponta

    Katz said,
    ” if you don’t like Korea leave it. Go to Japan.”

    In Japan, there are a lot of people who criticize Japan because they love Japan.Is this not so in Korea?

    And Katz, before somebody makes fun of you, I suggest you to check when WWII started.

  16. comment number 16 by: Katz

    Oh, my mistake, I mean WWI but that was 9 years later.

  17. comment number 17 by: Travolta

    Katz please calm down.

    I never said I like Japan better than Korea and I never said I don’t like Korea. If I didn’t like Korea I wouldn’t live and work here. I have a Korean girlfriend and I study Korean when I have the time. I never said I think Japan was right to colonize Korea so please don’t assume I like Japan more and should “Go to Japan”. You’d convince more people of your point of view by NOT attacking them when they hold an opinion which doesn’t support your own.

  18. comment number 18 by: takeshima

    Nou

    Nationalism started with the book history of the three kingdoms. Koreans had mongols running all over the nation, and if you look at corean asses you can see the proof. coreans were worried they would lose their identy. They created the dangun myth then. To many coreans dangun is real. This is also where koreans get that nonsense that corea has 5000 years of history.

    Now modern nationlism started with sygman rhee. He created new mythes and brainwashing in order to fight NK. Rhee used to spend his childhood reading and rereading crappy books like the hisroy of the three kingdoms, and started to revive the mythology, except make it better. He looked at the pontlessness and uslessness of corean history and started to creat new mythes. He realized the usefulness and ease of brainwashing. It worked. coreans line up to be brainwashed.

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