Saturday, December 12, 2009
The Territorial Dispute Over Dokdo
Dokdo consists of two tiny rocky islets surrounded by 33 smaller rocks. Both Japan and Korea lay claim to Dokdo and both claim a long historical and geographical connection with the islets. In June 1947, the Japanese Foreign Ministry appealed to the U.S. occupation authorities over Japan's claim to sovereignty over both Ullungdo and Dokdo in a treatise entitled, "Minor Islands in the East Sea", hoping to influence U.S. opinion in any future deliberations concerning the island that would take place in the upcoming peace treaty negotiations. The Japanese ministers denied Korea's ownership on the grounds that "no Korean name exists for the island" and that Dokdo "is not shown on the maps made in Korea". The Japanese document also argued that the settlers on the island had just arrived recently and that the island’s development was "still in an incipient stage", and because of this, it was not within the Korean government’s ability to develop the island. And Japanese government distorted their history textbook about Dokdo that Dokdo is originally Japanese’s territory so Japanese students learning wrong history. The resolution of the dispute over Dokdo is still uncertain. However, governments outside of Japan and Korea really have no interest in getting involved in the issue.
Ji Hye J.