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Korea and Shimane Prefecture resume exchanges

April 5th, 2006 . by Matt

Shimane
A random pic of Shimane from the Prefectural website

The article says it all.

MATSUE, Shimane Pref. (Kyodo) Shimane Prefecture’s teacher exchange program with a South Korean provincial government resumed Tuesday, a year after North Gyeongsang dropped out over a territorial dispute between the two nations.

Exchanges between Shimane and North Gyeongsang were halted after the prefecture in March 2005 designated Feb. 22 as “Takeshima Day” to mark its claim to islets in the Sea of Japan that are controlled by South Korea, which calls them Dokdo.

On Tuesday, South Korean teacher Ko Min Chong, 32, from a girls high school in Kwimi, North Gyeongsang, began her exchange at the high school education division of Shimane’s board of education.

The Japanese-speaking teacher will be assigned to a local high school later this month, the board said.

“We are happy (the exchange has resumed) because it offers good opportunities to learn about (each other’s) language and culture,” a board official said.

The Shimane school board began the exchanges with North Gyeongsang’s education agency in 1997. Teachers are posted in the neighboring country for one to two years to give lessons in their language and culture.

North Gyeongsang stopped sending teachers in March 2005 after Shimane created its “Takeshima Day.”

The Shimane board of education approached its South Korean counterpart in November to resume the exchanges.

This is funny, really. Shimane Prefecture still claims Takeshima/Dokdo Island, and nothing has substantially changed since Takeshima Day was declared. Does not the Korean side realise that by restoring exchanges with Shimane Prefecture, Koreans are again made to seem like they are impulsive, acting on uncontrollable emotion rather than calm logic? Because really, nothing, absolutely nothing, has changed except that Koreans have finally cooled down on the issue.


10 Responses to “Korea and Shimane Prefecture resume exchanges”

  1. comment number 1 by: Curzon

    Hey, no gloating necessary! I for one am very glad exchanges have been restored. Perhaps they just needed to get their over Takeshima or Dokto or whatever be out of their system. Hopefully the nonsense erupting on the streets of Seoul this time last year won’t ever be repeated.

  2. comment number 2 by: ponta

    This is a good news.
    Only one problem ( or a few?) should not hamper the all ties between the two country, two prefectures.
    I am glad to hear that ” Koreans have finally cooled down on the issue.” So all we have to do is just wait until they cool down.

  3. comment number 3 by: macdonaldduck

    Upon reflection, the solution to this Takeshima/Tokto problem is so very simple.

    Starting with facts:

    1) Japan has been under US military occupation since 1945.

    2) So has Korea. (No coincidence here: Both Korea and Japan fought against the US in WWII. They lost. They’ve been under America’s thumb ever since.)

    3) The LIANCOURT ROCKS (as we properly should refer to them, in English), as contested territory, are consequently

    A) Japanese, and therefore under US military occupation, along with the rest of Japan

    or

    B) Korean, and therefore under US military occupation, along with the rest of Korea (apart from the self-governing part north of the DMZ, though that’s getting into another issue).

    Either way, the Liancourt Rocks are . . .

    AMERICAN!

    Silly as this argument may sound, I mean it quite seriously, in a Realpolitik sort of way. Face it, folks, neither Japan nor SK is entirely independent or self-governing. Both can be conceived as semi-autonomous regions of the greater United States. Surely we’re not fooled by any ridiculous newspaper talk about the “sovereign government” of Iraq or Afghanistan (shades of Slovakia and Croatia and wherever else in the ’40s), and surely we don’t take either Korean or Japanese sovereignty all THAT seriously, for much the same reason.

    독도는 미국의 땅이다!

    Heh, heh, heh!

    macdonaldduck


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  5. comment number 5 by: Malaclypse

    Mr. duck, you do realize that there are an awful lot of coutnries that station US troops, don’t you?

    Many nations outsource their security to the US.

  6. comment number 6 by: macdonaldduck

    “””# Malaclypse Says:
    “””April 5th, 2006 at 1:11 pm

    “””Mr. duck, you do realize that there are an awful lot of coutnries that station US troops, don’t you?

    “””Many nations outsource their security to the US.”””

    Mr. Malaclypse, you do realize that an awful lot of small business owners have dealings with the mafia, don’t you?

    Many businesses outsource their security to organized crime.

    WHAT’S YOUR POINT?

    macdonaldduck

  7. comment number 7 by: wjk

    Chonko, can you at least explain why you hate Koreans so much? What brought you to Korea in the first place? What keeps you checking up on them? Don’t you have better things to do, such as move to Japan, live in Austrailia? May I ask if any of your family members happen to be Korean? How do you know Koreans so well, when you are NOT Korean? I’ve been around myself. I don’t go around saying I know what it’s like to be white, black, latino, or even Chinese. I could say certain things about a certain race, but as long as I say it, there’s no credibility, because I was not one of them. Unless I was married to one or something. Is that your case?

  8. comment number 8 by: opeth

    I don’t hate Koreans in particular but I’d hate to live under their government and their society.

    Can someone answer this question:
    What will probably happen if the SK policemen occupying Takeshima shoots and kill or take a Japanese who went there into custody?

  9. comment number 9 by: Curzon

    WJK: wrong blog man, Chonko has not commented yet.

  10. comment number 10 by: CaliforniaRollsRoyce

    This is a good news, but Korean pickpocket gangs
    attacked again. This is rasing some issues in forign
    communities in Japan.

    http://www.crisscross.com/jp/news/303251/all

    To me, Korean and Chainese gangs in Japan are
    more like terorrists. They don’t just take money,
    they attack people. I see some hate in that.

    I don’t care about other countries’ history teaching materials, but I wish they don’t teach the “hate” with
    that materials.