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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South Korea on Thursday formally rejected Japan's proposal to refer their territorial dispute over a pair of South Korean-controlled islets, known as Takeshima to Japanese and as Dokto to Koreans, to the International Court of Justice for a ruling on sovereignty.
The ruling party, however, supported the pact in a statement issued Thursday, saying it is an important issue of national security that should be separated from Japan's territorial claims over a pair of South Korean-held islet, known as Dokto to Koreans and as Takeshima to Japanese, or other issues related to the past history.
South Korea and Japan came close to confrontation in April 2006 after Japan announced it would conduct ocean research in waters near the islets, known as Dokto to Koreans and as Takeshima to Japanese, in response to South Korea's decision to seek to register Korean names for seabed features in the area with the International Hydrographic Organization.
after the 29-ton South Korean fishing boat was accused of entering Japanese waters near a disputed pair of islets known as Dokto in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan.
But unfortunately there are hurdles such as the issues of Dokto, (Yasukuni) shrine visits, (revisionist) schoolbooks and sex slaves,'' he said.
The territorial dispute in question concerns two islets and numerous small reefs known as Takeshima in Japan and Dokto in South Korea.
The supplement, which will refer to the island called Takeshima in Japanese and Dokto in Korean, will be compiled around June or July for use from fiscal 2012, the officials at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology said.
The pair of small uninhabited islets, whose Japanese name is Takeshima and Korean name Dokto, is controlled by South Korea.
The reference was to the rocky outcroppings called Takeshima in Japan and Dokto in South Korea.
Roh lamented that since he called a year before for the two countries to settle old scores of past history, ''not much change has been observed'' in their disputes involving the Yasukuni Shrine, distortions of history in Japanese school textbooks and Japan's claims to a pair of South Korean-held islets called Dokto by South Korea and Takeshima by Japan.