A study of the territorial dispute between Japan and Korea over Liancourt Rocks, a small cluster of barren, rocky islets in the Sea of Japan that Japanese call Takeshima and Koreans call Dokdo.
What they need to be taught is not nationalism but logical reasoning, in English or in Korean.
Ponta,I agree. Also, was it really Korea's independence movement that "got Dokdo back"? Or was it just one greedy Korean president who decided he wanted to take advantage of the situation to grab as much Japanese territory as possible?
it's so untrueit's korea's island.but japan started to write down dokdo as their island in the text book.omgthey are so selfish.so wrong!
wonnie,Calm down and think for a while.If Dokdo was really a Korean land as you say, do you agree that there must be a map of Korea with Dokdo?Yes?Look for a map with Dokdo which was made before 1905.If you can find such a map, Dokdo is really yours.No doubt.
Raquel, the first historical references to the island were cited in Korean documents which make reference to them as a part of an independent island state known as Usankuk (Ullung Island) which was incorporated into the Korean Shilla Dynasty in 512AD. And numerous maps where created during the Chosun Dynasty of Korea (1800s) Logical reasoning? Japan claimed that Kimchi is also theirs and took the issue all the way up to World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization's Codex Alimentarius commission ... The whole issue came to surface again when Japan tries to re-write the history again. My take on Dokdo is that it is closer to Korea, so close, you can see the Dokdo during the clear days with bare sight.. I think there were a higher chance for a Korean to make it out to Dokdo prior to anyone Japanese during sometime of the Korea's 5000 years of existence... and even till now.. Koreans are living on it....And if it really was Japanese land they wouldn’t have given it up in the first place...
Anonymous, (please use your ID if you want to make another comments.)"Raquel, the first historical references to the island were cited in Korean documents which make reference to them as a part of an independent island state known as Usankuk (Ullung Island) which was incorporated into the Korean Shilla Dynasty in 512AD. And numerous maps where created during the Chosun Dynasty of Korea (1800s)"As you clearly stated, it was Ulleungdo which was recorded as Usanguk in 三国史記, not today's Takeshima/Dokdo. There is no documents which proves Usando was today's Takeshima/Dokdo.See all the Korean documents here. Usando had been Jukdo after around 1700 when inspector was started to be dispatched. Before that, it was the name of Ulleungdo country or Ulleungdo itself. Do you actually know how many days in a year it can be seen from Ulleungdo? It is less than 5-10 days atmost even there is obsevation platform and pointing sign which tells the direction of Takeshima/Dokdo. Ulleungdo itself was a frontier for Choson people because it was prohibited to sail over and so dangerous like many ships are casted away. As 1694 張漢相 documents, which is the only documents that tells Korean possibly saw today's Takeshima/Dokdo, Korean didn't consider the island it's territory.It has no meaning if Korean are living or not as long as Korean are illegally occupying the island without Japanese consent. Japan didn't take military action in 1953 since it was under occupation of America and deprived of forces. President Rhee snatched the island just before SF peace Treaty, which excluded Takeshima from Korean territory, was issued, slaughtering Japanese fishermen.