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MOFA posts YouTube video rebutting ROK’s insistence on use of “East Sea”  

  • October 23, 2021
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Sankei
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Saturday’s Mainichi, Asahi, and Sankei wrote that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs released on Friday a four-minute YouTube video in nine languages, including Japanese, Korean, and Arabic, to rebut South Korea’s assertion that the body of water between Japan and the Korean Peninsula should be called “East Sea” instead of the “Sea of Japan.” The ministry released an English-language video on the issue in August. Mainichi wrote that the video is aimed at expanding international understanding for Japan’s position that “Sea of Japan” is the only internationally established name for the body of water. The paper noted that the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command used the name “East Sea” in a statement it issued on North Korea’s missile launch in March and retracted the term at the request of the Japanese government.       

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