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S Korea to stop using Olympic flag with disputed isles

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By KIM DOO-HO

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I don't think Japan overreacted here. Korea chose to show only one of its many islands, and it chose these obscure little islands above all others. Pretty obviously political for the last islands in the region to ever be taken by force.

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Civilian use duing the olympic events is permitted, meaning Japanese TV broadcasters will be busy censoring thousands of them being waved in real time.

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"Our basic stance is to respect the IOC's decision concerning the use of the Korean peninsula flag... in particular, for IOC-run events," foreign ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-duk told journalists.

So this suggests that the IOC told them not to use the flag.

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A flag should not be a map in my opinion anyways. Two declining cultures with almost no women having children fighting over some crap real estate.

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I don't think Japan overreacted here. Korea chose to show only one of its many islands, and it chose these obscure little islands above all others. Pretty obviously political for the last islands in the region to ever be taken by force.

Yeah. I think it was uncalled for to make this kind of statement during the Olympics. This is a time for nations to shelve their differences and come together.

So this suggests that the IOC told them not to use the flag.

That would be my guess too. I can't see SK backing down if Japan protested unilaterally.

A flag should not be a map in my opinion anyways.

Agreed. Especially for an international event that depicts disputed territory.

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A wise decision by SK, there is still hope for them it seems. Although they should avoid these juvenile mistakes in the first place

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@dcog9065

A wise decision by SK

Spectators can still use the version with the Liancourt Rocks.

Japanese audiences are forced to see them during Japan's coverage of the Olympics, especially the ice hockey match.

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Tokyo brutally colonised the peninsula from 1910-45, and used hundreds of thousands of Korean women as sex slaves during the Second World War.

Why the need to mention this (yet again) in an article about the 2018 Winter Olympics and a dispute over those flags?

By KIM DOO-HO

Oh I get it now.

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Cowards.

the point of the flag is to show unity. All korea together. Hope for the future and no nuclear anailation.

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TigersTokyoDome wins at the comment section today! If I could, i'd give you another like, Sir.

Maybe it's just me but it's like half of the articles on this sight are trying to take a cheap jab at Japan.

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A flag should not be a map in my opinion anyways.

I would agree but in this context, it made sense. The flag is supposed to represent the unification of Korea so having a flag with one Korea on it was a sensible idea.

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Thanks Cyburnetic. Don't get me wrong, I am not avoiding the subject of that terrible war crime. But that comment had no place in this story about the flags in 2018. I am surprised that JT have permitted an obviously-conflicted journalist from Korea to take a cheap shot at Japanese hisory on the back of another story.

If this journalist wants to stay true to the golden rule of independent reporting, then they should also have mentioned Korea's current naval coastguard occupation of Takeshima.

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This is about the only thread without a 404 error occurring. Are the others too politically sensitive at this time?

Korea has now made the right decision at last. Actually they had a problem not too long ago where they left Japan off the map completely. End of September 2017, really not too long ago! No lessons learned? I am not surprised Japan gets irritated each time.

 https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/where-japan-south-korea-apos-131151465.html

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"Our basic stance is to respect the IOC's decision concerning the use of the Korean peninsula flag... in particular, for IOC-run events," foreign ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-duk told journalists.

The IOC doesn't want Japan - South Korea squabbles in their events

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It's owned by South Korea, and populated by South Koreans. (http://en.dokdo.go.kr/pages/s01/page.html?mc=7228) Classic case of pot calling the kettle black. The same could be said for Kuril Islands.

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SugarFreeGummyBearsFeb. 8 10:49 am JST

It's owned by South Korea, and populated by South Koreans. (http://en.dokdo.go.kr/pages/s01/page.html?mc=7228) Classic case of pot calling the kettle black. The same could be said for Kuril Islands.

Unilaterally "claimed" by South Korea in 1952, populated afterwards with 99% South Korean government employees. Bears zero similarity to the Southern Kuriles which became Japanese by a negotiated treat between Russia and Japan back in 1855.

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