He said the teaching manuals would be changed to make clear that the rocky islets controlled by South Korea but claimed by both nations, known as Takeshima in Japan and Tokdo
in South Korea, were Japanese territory.
Seven senior lawmakers from South Korea's ruling Saenuri Party, including its chairman Hwang Woo Yea, on Thursday visited a pair of South Korea-held islets in the Sea of Japan known as Tokdo
in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan.
One of the most sensitive of these arguments is about sovereignty over the rocky islets called Tokdo
by the Koreans and Takeshima by the Japanese, and which are situated in what the Koreans call 'The East Sea' and the Japanese call 'The Sea of Japan'.
There are too few photos from islands, except a few from Cheju Island and one each from Tokdo
in the East Sea and Wando and Pogildo in the South Sea.
Because of their dispute in the Sea of Japan/East Sea over the Liancourt Rocks, known as Takeshima in Japan and Tokdo
in Korea, this agreement only delimited a boundary through the Tsushima/Korea Strait for approximately 260 nm.
For years, the Japanese government has insisted that the controversy over Takeshima, which South Koreans call Tokdo
, is an issue unrelated to Japan's colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula from 1910 to 1945.
The Environment Ministry is considering designating about 300 square kilometers around Ulleung island, and its adjacent Tokdo
island, known as Takeshima in Japan, as a national park in 2004 after consulting with the Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministry, the official said.
the Spratly and Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, the Senkaku Islands (Sento Shosho in Japanese and Diaoyu Tai in Chinese) and the Liancourt Rocks (Takeshima in Japanese and Tokdo
in Korean) in the East China Sea, and the Kuril Islands (or Northern Territories) in the Sea of Okhotsk (Dzurek, 1996a; Drifte, 1996; Economist, 1996; Gilley et al.
These groups include the National Headquarters for Defending Dokdo (consisting of sixteen civic groups), the Party for Tokdo
Protection, the Korea Dokdo Research and Preservation Association, the Council for Dokdo Residents, and the Headquarters for Making Dokdo an Inhabited Island.
Yet South Korea, which calls the island Tokdo
, is furious about the ordinance.
All of this will come back to haunt South Korea every time there is a territorial dispute over Tokdo
in the international community if it is left unattended,'' it said in a statement, reported by Yonhap.
For example, the prefectural assembly of Shimane, which claims official jurisdiction over Takeshima island (known as Tokdo
in Korean and an isle over which both Japan and the South claim dominion), recently submitted an ordinance to establish ''Takeshima Island Day.