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The “Sea of Peace”?

January 8th, 2007 . by Matt

Robert from the Marmots Hole has reported that President Roh offered to change the name of the Sea of Japan to the “Sea of Peace”.

In a scoop, the Segye Ilbo is reporting that in his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo during the APEC summit in Hanoi on Nov. 18, President Roh Moo-hyun proposed that the East Sea (otherwise known as the Sea of Japan) be called instead the “Sea of Peace.”

A high-ranking government source said Roh prefaced the suggestion by saying it was only an idea and an unofficial one at that.

According to the source, the Japanese were caught off guard by the suggestion and avoided an immediate reply, saying only that they needed time to think about it.

Call it anything except that which contains the name of their hated neighbors, the Japanese. The attempt to change the name of the Sea of Japan to the “East Sea” or the “Sea of Korea” and now the “Sea of Peace” is insincere. Nothing displays petty hatred of Japan like this particular, baseless issue. Far from the “Sea of Peace” being a compromise name, it is designed to achieve the objective of removing the word “Japan” from the Sea.

Look here for reasons why the other names are not suitable for the Sea of Japan.


53 Responses to “The “Sea of Peace”?”

  1. comment number 1 by: camphortree

    Back to the topic on how to name the body of water between Korea and Japan, I
    suggest to re-name it on the base of the hard facts as The Sea of Korean Garbage. Since Japan loses her name on it, the Korea Strait could be re-named to more historically and geographically correct one such as The Wakou Strait that is Japanese Pirates’ Strait.

  2. comment number 2 by: koreanmaster

    Again some proof for the stupidness of aborigine australian i forgot his name. It is internationally recognized that the names Sea of Japan and East Sea have the same weight. (a japanese would yell, hey you mentioned sea of japan first, so it is the correct name) Most map-producers don`t use the term east sea because of convenience. So is it good not to catch murderers because it is inconvenient?

  3. comment number 3 by: ponta

    a japanese would yell, hey you mentioned sea of japan first, so it is the correct name)

    Wow very interesting perspective I have never thought of.
    Is the way Koreans perceive things?