竹島問題の歴史

6.9.08

"Addressing Japan's Dokdo Disease," by Kang Chun-suk"

The Chosun Ilbo has posted a September 5 article on "Dokdo" (Liancourt Rocks) entitled, "Addressing Japan's Dokdo Disease," by Kang Chun-suk. The article suggests that Korea should learn to live with Japanese claims on Liancourt Rocks. Here is one quote from the article:
Influenced by such changes within and outside Japan, the territorial claim to the Dokdo islets has become a chronic disease, like diabetes and high blood pressure. You cannot get rid of a chronic disease, but you can live with it provided you take good care of yourself. Taking advantage of our naive response -- hanging huge Dokdo paintings on public buildings whenever Japan raises the issue -- Tokyo has managed to boost its public awareness of the issue from 5 percent 20 years ago to the 70 percent range.
It seems that some Koreans are finally starting to get the message that screaming and yelling about Dokdo does more harm than good, especially when Korea has little or no evidence of historical claim to the islets.

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