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SKorean leader visits islets, draws Japan ire

By Sat, Aug 11, 2012 6:06PM UTC Comments Off Lee Myung-bak

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s president has made a surprise, election-year visit to islets also claimed by Japan, which quickly reasserted its sovereignty there, recalled its ambassador from Seoul and warned that the trip would worsen the countries’ strained relations. President Lee Myung-bak’s trip Friday to the tiny, rocky outcroppings between the countries...

Korean politician rebuked for Dokdo comment

By Tue, Apr 10, 2012 1:05PM UTC Comments Off Korean politician rebuked for Dokdo comment

At the entrance to Jangsan Station in Busan on the 10th, members of a Dokdo organization held a demonstration to criticize a local politician for a comment in which he referred to Dokdo as “an internationally disputed area.” That may sound like a mild offense to you, but consider that… actually, I got nothin’....

‘Even the sky agrees Dokdo is Korean’

By Mon, Dec 12, 2011 7:09AM UTC Comments Off 'Even the sky agrees Dokdo is Korean'

That’s what a caption writer at Newsis had to say about this photo, with a cloud that looks like the Korean peninsula and the sun playing the role of Dokdo....

Japan and Korea begin Dokdo/Takeshima spat anew

By Tue, Jul 26, 2011 9:10PM UTC 12 Comments Japan and Korea begin Dokdo/Takeshima spat anew

While the dispute between Korea and Japan over some small islets both claim does not have the impact of similar disputes between Japan and China over the Senkaku Islands or the Spratly Island dust up between China and half of Southeast Asia, it has a persistence and emotional impact that rivals either of them.  That is especially...