The government of South Korea is of the opinion that the facts about the disputed islands in the Sea of Japan, called Takeshima by the Japanese, and Dokdo by the Koreans, presented in Japanese history textbooks are distorted and their education ministry revealed on Friday that it plans to call on Japan to “correct” these problems.
It has come to the South Korean government’s attention that Japan, in March this year, approved 21 history textbooks for high school education, some of which describe the disputed islands as Japanese territory. The government of South Korea plans to send a formal request to Japan asking it to correct what it thinks is wrongful content. South Korea’s education ministry further said that it is planning to send an e-mail to Japanese civic groups, and also to over 10,000 history teachers in Japan to “let them know the bare truth”, even to a point of hosting an international conference on the issue in August. Also as a move to better address any other territorial claims and “prevent further attempts to distort history”, Seoul has ongoing consultations with historical institutions and civic groups in the country to create a relevant chronological arrangement of facts, from ancient history to the present, so that information can be viewed in a systematic way.
Japan and South Korea have long disputed the sovereignty of these rocky outcroppings in the Sea of Japan, further straining an already turbulent relationship between Tokyo and Seoul – especially since there is a deeply rooted sentiment against Japan in the Korean peninsula. Both the North and the South were an occupied colony before and during World War II. South Korea effectively controls the islets, with a small police garrison deployed in the islands since 1954.
[via Yonhap News]
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