Tokyo agreed to hold talks about the renaming of the sea of Japan
The Japanese authorities agreed to discuss the issue of renaming the sea of Japan with representatives of South Korea and North Korea. According to the newspaper Sankei Shimbun, consultations will be held in the spring of 2019.
Call to find a compromise with Seoul and Pyongyang to Tokyo approached the international hydrographic organization (IHO). Report on the results of the consultation, before the IHO, the parties will have in 2020.
Koreans call the sea of Japan the East sea. In the early 90-ies of Pyongyang and Seoul have demanded to change the name, stating that it imposed to the world community, the Japanese regime in the early twentieth century and is “a consequence of Japanese colonialism”.
Tokyo refuses to rename the waters, claiming that the geographical term was adopted on the initiative of the European cartography in the NINETEENTH century.
In the Western part of the sea of Japan is an archipelago of Dokdo (Takeshima), sovereignty over which is disputed between Japan and South Korea. To the XX century the island belonged to Korea. 22 Feb 1905, just before the annexation of Korea, the Islands were included in Japan.
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