Liancourt Rocks

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Liancourt Rocks,

Jap. Takeshima, Korean Dokdo or Tokdo, island group, 58 acres (23 hectares), in the SW Sea of Japan, roughly midway between the Japanese island of Honshu and the Korean peninsula. Consisting of two small rocky islands and nearby reefs, the Liancourt Rocks are claimed by Japan and South Korea, and have been occupied by South Korea since 1954. An irritant in Japanese-Korean relations, they are valuable mainly for the fisheries in the surrounding waters and the potential offshore mineral wealth.
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Political issues such as top government leaders' visit to the Yasukuni war shrine, territorial claims over Dok-do Island, diehard denial of state responsibility for the World War II ''comfort women'' serving the imperial army and the erasing of historical misdeeds in school textbooks have interfered with the growth of tolerance on this side of the East Sea.