Yuji Hosaka – a Japan-born professor who has been naturalized as South Korean – has just on Monday put up a website full of facts that aims to fight Tokyo’s claims to the Dokdo islets, a territory controlled by Seoul but claimed by Japan as the Takeshima Islands. Hosaka is the head of the Dokdo Research Institute of Sejong University, and he has created the website “Dokdo and East Asia” in three languages – Korean, Japanese, and English.
Hosaka said that it was his goal to put out facts against Japan’s claims on the territory. One of the main attractions of his new website’s fact sheet is an official document released in 1877 by the Meiji government in Japan – one that apparently declared the disputed territory as not part of Japan. Hosaka claims that the Japanese government has been withholding this document while Tokyo continues to push its sovereignty claim on the islets. The Sejong University professor said that a handwritten copy of the document is publicly available at an archive in the Takebashi district in Tokyo. Aside from the territorial dispute, the website also deals with other issues that have historically strained relations between Seoul and Tokyo, including the controversial Yasukuni war shrine and Japan’s official reaction to the “comfort women” issue.
“I created the website particularly in consideration of Japanese readers,” Hosaka, who also teaches Japanese studies, said. “I am planning to send newsletters to some government and political party officials in Japan as well as other political institutions or groups,” he added. Recently, Tokyo commemorated “Takeshima Day,” an event that has further elevated political tension between the two neighboring countries.
[via Global Post]
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