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U.S. dismisses petition calling for Korean name for Sea of Japan

Sankei gave top play to the Trump administration’s rejection of an online petition signed by more than 100,000 people asking it to use “East Sea” along with “Sea of Japan” when referring to the body of water between Japan and the Korean Peninsula. According to the daily, the White House explained that the U.S. government uses the names of geographic locations determined by the United States Board on Geographic Names and that the board’s conventional name for the body of water in question is “Sea of Japan.” The board reportedly uses only one official name for each sea or ocean as a matter of policy and practice.  

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