Japan Claims 'Sea of Japan' is Only Internationally Established Name

Write : 2018-05-15 09:30:10 Update : 2018-05-15 13:04:12

Japan Claims 'Sea of Japan' is Only Internationally Established Name

The Japanese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday submitted a yearly diplomatic paper to the Japanese Cabinet containing its sovereignty claim to South Korea’s easternmost Dokdo islets in the East Sea. 

The 2018 Diplomatic Bluebook reiterates the claim that Dokdo is “an inherent part of Japanese territory” according to historical facts and international law. 
 
For the first time, this year’s paper also included a claim that the “Sea of Japan” is the only internationally established title for the body of water between South Korea and Japan. South Korea calls it the “East Sea.” 

The paper also dropped the expression that "South Korea is Japan’s most important neighbor" sharing strategic interests. 

These territorial claims and diplomatic provocations are likely to have negative effects on South Korea-Japan relations.

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