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S Korea military slams Japan in islands row

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Japan’s 2011 defense white paper describes the Dokdo islands in the Sea of Japan (East Sea), known as Takeshima in Tokyo, as Japanese territory.

I don't think a Japanese official document will ever use the term Dokdo or East sea anywhere on it so the above line should read, " describes Takeshima in the Sea of Japan, known as Dokdo in Seoul, as Japanese territory.", unless the writer is immensely biased on the whole topic.

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SamuraiBlue: It's Korean territory, and this article comes from the South Korean standpoint, so it is entirely correct in the way it is worded.

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smithinjapan

Read before you post, it really doesn't matter what the South Korean stand point is, it supposedly came out from a Japanese official document therefore a Japanese transcription would be required not to confuse the readers where the statement came from.

It's a matter of source of origin of text not standpoint of the writer.

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Funny how they had to fly to a South Korean territory first. Why not charter a boat to go there? Still, this plan was though out by conservatives in a party named "Liberal Democrats".

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SamuraiBlue: "Read before you post, it really doesn't matter what the South Korean stand point is, it supposedly came out from a Japanese official document therefore a Japanese transcription would be required not to confuse the readers where the statement came from."

I'm not going to argue with you about such a trite point, particularly given that the bias comes from you and nowhere else. The article is about SOUTH KOREA blasting the Japanese report, so again, it is entirely accurate the way it is written.

jforce: "Funny how they had to fly to a South Korean territory first. Why not charter a boat to go there?"

They'll probably try that next, fools that they are. Unfortunately, going there by ship presents greater risk than flying into South Korea -- the military will undoubtedly stop any ship heading there with a Japanese flag and that poses more dangers; after all, we all know how the Japanese coast guard deals with Chinese ships that do the same.

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At least those 3 troublemakers got something out of the trip...... Korean Dried Seaweed!! They actually sent their assistants to go buy some at the DFS! (Source: Chosun Illbo)

Anyway, I dont see why Japan is still frontin about those Korean islands.

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famously fanned flames, folks.

why the SK military needs to say they will act resolutely is beyond me. their resolute conduct is a given.

hothead military mouthpieces make heated map matters more hostile.

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Korea, korea, korea... Even the news is becoming 'hallyu'

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Yes thats right, the RoK military should keep blashing japan over the Takeshima/Dokdo disputes, that was very essential to breakup the 'US/Japan/RoK alliances'! If South Korea failed to breakup that alliance, Japan will keep despising manner for Koreans and the next time, Japanese govt will tell their people, the Korean peninsula belongs to japan but due to Koreans unilateral independence declaration that made she lost her soverignity!

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South Korea has much more to lose in the breakdown of the Japan, Republic of Korea and USA alliance. While the north is a minor threat to Japan, it is a major threat to the south. Japan really should consider it a civil war and become neutral. It was putting ourselves in others affairs that started Japan down the low road in the first place. South Korea is hitting back at an increasing harder rate. Something is going to give, not letting Japanese government employees fly Korean Air and sending in the clowns is nothing. I think the Republic of Korea is going to do something really STUPID next.

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Seoul should have doing something more'assertive' over the isles dispute otherwise they will lost their own 'soverignity' over their own soil!

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Stupid people provoking other stupid people never ends well. Hate to see what would happen if someone got their order wrong.

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AJHC78, it is funny they used their trip to buy souvenirs like tourists. Another day at the job for politicians who care about nothing but themselves and your vote.

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just-a-guy, Seoul controls the disputed location. Takeshima is under their firm control, so please tell be how they can be more 'assertive'? Japan claims these rocks but has made no military moves. In fact has tried to send this to a outside authority to resolve. Three Japanese lawmakers who are making a legal protest are turned away from entering Korea. Japanese civil servants are told to avoid Korean Airlines. So how is any of the above losing 'sovereignty' over their own soil? Is the pride of Seoul worth turning Japan into a foe worth it? They control the disputed territory, what more is there to gain? I think it is 'drama' for their own reelections. They are putting their own reelections over the friendship with Japan. Sort of like three other politicians.

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@sdbri Yeah and they probably used the taxpayers money (i work and pay taxes in Japan, therefore MY money) to satisfy their palates.

i think they planned this from the beginning. they made a 'GIM' (Korean 'nori') RUN on our dime

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