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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The Oki Islands are about 160-kilometers away from Korea's Dokdo Island.
We advise that he utilize wisdom in handling the controversy over the two countries' sovereignty claims to Dokdo Island.
Local and Japanese press comments instantly interpreted the comment as being directed at Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi who recently made headlines here with his insistence on territorial rights over Dokdo Island and his pledge to continue to visit the Yasukuni war memorial.
As per the new syllabus, islands in the East China Sea, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, and the South Korea-controlled Dokdo islands, known as Takeshima in Japan, are 'integral parts of Japanese territory'.
It will claim that the islands in the East China Sea, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, as well as the South Korea-controlled Dokdo islands that Japan calls Takeshima are integral parts of Japanese territory.
The latest flare-up in the decades-old dispute came when Korean Air operated a demonstration flight of its new Airbus A380 aircraft in June over the Dokdo islands, which are known as Takeshima in Japan.
The islands, called the Dokdo Islands in Korean, the Takeshima Islands in Japanese and the Liancourt Rocks in English, have been part of a territorial dispute between South Korea and Japan since Korea gained its independence from Japan after World War II.
Tensions boiled over in August after a surprise visit by South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak to the Dokdo islands, known as Takeshima in Japan.
Coupled with ongoing territorial disputes between the two over the Dokdo Islands (which South Korea administers, but Japan calls Takeshima and says belong to its Shimane Prefecture), historical memories and national narratives of past Japanese oppression leave many Koreans wary of a close diplomatic relationship.
Japan was infuriated by Lee s visit in August to the island chain, known as the Dokdo islands in Korean and the Takeshima islands in Japanese.
Relations between Tokyo and Seoul were badly damaged in August when Lee made a surprise visit to the Dokdo islands, which lie between the two countries.
South Korea: Team of South Koreans Monday began a 230 kilometre (144 mile) relay swim from an eastern port to the Dokdo islands, in Seoul s latest assertion of its sovereignty over the outcrops claimed by Japan.