Not long ago, a deputy chief Cabinet secretary of Japan, at a recent press conference, insisted that “Sea of Japan” is the only official term internationally recognized, saying it is inappropriate to use the term East Sea.
This is a clear manifestation of an everlasting wild ambition of the Japanese reactionaries for invading Korea, in trying to justify the history of the Japanese invasion of Korea and furthermore, turn the whole of Korea into their colony again.
Marking the East Sea of Korea as “Sea of Japan” is necessary to scrutinize the crime-woven history of the Japanese imperialists who had committed untold crimes against the Korean nation during their colonial rule over it.
After the “1868 Meiji Restoration”, the Japanese imperialists stepped up their moves for materializing their policy of occupying Korea as their colony. In 1929 they, by availing themselves of their being suzerainty, got the term “Sea of Japan” inscribed with the International Hydrography Organization, instead of the term East Sea of Korea. As a result, the Korean nation lost even the name of the sea they had used for thousands of years.
The gravity of the issue lies in Japan’s desperate moves to have the illegal term “Sea of Japan” recognized by the international community even after its defeat.
Japan advertises a map describing the East Sea of Korea as “Sea of Japan” on the Internet. Its authorities are insisting in the international arena that “Sea of Japan” is the term acknowledged historically and it has nothing to do with their past colonial rule.
However, the eastern sea of Korea is clearly termed the East Sea of Korea not only in “Samguksagi (Chronicles of the Three Kingdoms)”, “Samgukyusa (History of the Three Kingdoms)”, “History of Koryo Dynasty”, “Chronicles of the Feudal Joson Dynasty” and other classical documents of Korea but also in old geography books and maps of Japan and other countries.
The term East Sea of Korea is just in the light of major international usage concerning the naming of seas, the principle of fidelity to historical truth, the custom of naming seas after continental countries, the geographical azimuth standards and the principle of getting rid of colonial vestiges.
If the term “Sea of Japan”, a leftover of the Japanese imperialists’ colonialism, remains alive, it will only help justify the history of the Japanese fascists’ invasion of Korea and provide the present authorities of Japan with a plausible excuse to evade the atonement for their past crimes.
At present, the Japanese reactionaries are busy with their military preparations. They frantically stage drills for retaking an island, while clamouring for using the term “Sea of Japan” and securing “dominium over Tok Island”.
This proves that Japan’s far-fetched assertions are prompted by its black-hearted design to invent pretexts for reinvasion.
The term “Sea of Japan” is a criminal one representing the history of the Japanese imperialists’ colonial rule, the outcome of Japan’s policy of militaristic expansion and the synonym for the imperialist aggression.
Today, the entire Korean nation keeps sharper vigilance on Japan’s history distortion and its moves to seize others’ territory that have gone beyond the red line.
Japan must desist from the anachronistic history distortion and pursuance of territorial expansion.