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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on April 27th, 2012 at 4:54 am

IHO Denies Korea’s Request To Change Name of Sea of Japan

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I think this is what everyone expected would happen when the IHO took up this issue:

 The body of water to the east of the Korean peninsula will continue to be a source of frustration for South Koreans and a sensitive subject for U.S. military officials.

The international organization in charge of naming water bodies around the world this week rejected South Korea’s request that the Sea of Japan be alternately known as the East Sea.

“Our country asserted that both names be used … but Japan insisted that only the term ‘Sea of Japan’ be used,” according to an official with the South’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. “Other countries advised us that the two countries should come to some sort of agreement to resolve the issue.”

But the International Hydrographic Organizationdoes not meet again until 2017, meaning Sea of Japan will continue to be recognized as the sole designation for the body of water that separates Japan and the Korean peninsula, much to the dismay of South Koreans.

“It’s just a matter of time,” said the ministry official, who requested his name not be used. “We know we will eventually get the IHO member countries’ support on the issue.

“When they see the historical reasons, the international practices and the fact that the term ‘East Sea’ is being used a lot in reality, we think using both terms … will eventually be approved,” he continued. “We’ll keep trying until we succeed.”  [Stars & Stripes]

Fortunately the IHO doesn’t meet again for another 5 years which means this issue should hopefully go away for a while once again.  You can read more about what this issue is really all about at this prior posting.

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  • Dreamboat Annie
    5:20 am on April 27th, 2012 1

    What does IHOP have to do with this issue?

  • LG DACOM Stinks, Royally
    7:42 am on April 27th, 2012 2

    It’s all about fishing rights, most likely, much like Korea’s claims to certain subsurface rock formations between it and China. The problem is that most Korean people don’t realize that their own patriotism/Han is being bent for someone else’s gain.

  • Teadrinker
    5:48 pm on April 27th, 2012 3

    I thought that according to the IHOP’s own rules, bodies of waters whose names are disputed are to be named as both on maps, or is that just an unwritten rule?

  • Teadrinker
    5:50 pm on April 27th, 2012 4

    Ha, you got me. I wrote IHOP (have they resolved the dispute over whether it’s the butter or the syrup that goes on first?).

  • kushibo
    6:58 pm on April 27th, 2012 5

    Teadrinker (#3), that was my understanding as well:

    When two or more countries share a geographical feature, its designation is generally standardized through consultations among the countries concerned. If the effort to standardize it fails, however, the names used by each of the countries are used concurrently. This general rule of international cartography is also confirmed in the International Hydrographic Organization Technical Resolution A4.2.6. adopted in 1974 and the United Nations Resolution in the Standardization of Geographical Names Ⅲ/20 adopted in 1977.

    And I think rather than hearing less about this issue, we will hear more, as government groups and NGOs step up pressure to get the “East Sea” effort “normalized” to the ears of people outside the region.

  • kushibo
    7:03 pm on April 27th, 2012 6

    LG Dacom wrote:

    It’s all about fishing rights, most likely, much like Korea’s claims to certain subsurface rock formations between it and China. The problem is that most Korean people don’t realize that their own patriotism/Han is being bent for someone else’s gain.

    What do you mean exactly? The name of the sea has no bearing over EEZs or territorial waters. Control and ownership over Tokto would have an effect, since Japan taking it over would mean at the very least a loss of the territorial waters around Tokto and possibly a major shifting of Japan’s EEZ to the west, as they claim (unlike South Korea) that Tokto is an inhabitable island that generates an EEZ.

    As for Iŏdo (Ieodo), it is China manipulating claims about subsurface rock formations, since Korea is applying the equidistance principle of EEZ generation that puts Iŏdo firmly in South Korea’s EEZ.

    In other words, South Korea has nothing to gain from its stances, which are quite normal.

  • Dreamboat Annie
    2:07 am on April 28th, 2012 7

    Obviously the IHOP is working for the japanese/American Imperialists. Next time, do it the lefty way. Korea should have sent a bunch of the professional protesters and leftist politicians to disrupt the meeting. Only a full-scale riot with screaming, air horns, chanting, smashing holes in the wall, and throwing pig’s blood on the chair’s podium would get them to rename the Eastern Sea.

  • Glans
    2:28 am on April 28th, 2012 8

    The East Sea is the Atlantic Ocean. The entire Pacific Ocean, including the Yellow Sea and the Sea of Japan, is the West Sea. A server at IHOP agrees with me, so it’s a done deal.

  • Teadrinker
    9:46 pm on April 28th, 2012 9

    Guys, it’s IHO.

    This is the HIOP:

  • Teadrinker
    9:47 pm on April 28th, 2012 10

    …I meant, the IHOP. :oops:


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