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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On recent hostile exchanges between Tokyo and Seoul over a South Korea-controlled island claimed by Japan, Maehara noted South Korean President Lee Myung Bak's visit to Takeshima Island last month "had an enormously negative impact" on bilateral relations.
It is meant to bolster the county's resolve to defend the Dokdo Islands (also known as Liancourt Rocks or Takeshima Islands).
(3) Western explorers and colonial writers referred to the islets as the "Liancourt rocks," while they are known as the "Dokdo Islands" in Korea and the "Takeshima Islands" in Japan.
Relations between the two countries remain soured by a dispute over the ownership of the South Korea-controlled Takeshima Islands, a pair of islands in the Sea of Japan that the South Koreans call Dokdo, and issues related to wartime history.
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.
While the statement only mentioned "southeast and northeast parts of the region," a Vietnamese delegate confirmed later that these include the Japan-controlled Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, which are claimed by China and Taiwan, and the South Korea-administered Takeshima Islands in the Sea of Japan, which Japan argues are an inherent part of its territory.
Takeshima Islands Called Dokdo by the Koreans, who occupy the islets, and earlier as the Liancourt Rocks and other local and foreign names, Takeshima consists of two small islands of about 500 feet in altitude.
The manuals will also note that the Takeshima islands are illegally occupied by South Korea.
Underlying the difficulty are the issue of comfort women and the territorial dispute over the Takeshima Islands. Ideally, Japan and South Korea should be important partners in East Asia, as they share the same values of freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.
The Takeshima Islands, located nearly equidistant from Japan and South Korea, have triggered an intense row between the nations.
Ties between Japan and South Korea have been strained due to the row over the Takeshima Islands in the Sea of Japan, especially since then South Korean President Lee Myung Bak made an unprecedented visit last August to the island group, which is called Dokdo in South Korea.
While the dispute over the sovereignty of the Takeshima Islands is long-standing, Tokyo's relations with Seoul have deteriorated especially since outgoing President Lee Myung Bak landed on one of the islands in August, the first-ever visit by a South Korean president.