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“Happy Takeshima Day…?”

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Shimane Declares Takeshima Day as February 22nd – Japan Adds Insult to Injury The following page describes the Japanese Government’s more recent attempts to gain sovereignty over Korea’s Dokdo Island. These rocks located between Japan and Korea are sometimes called Liancourt Rocks or Takeshima. On March 16, 2005, in Matsue, western Japan Shimane prefectural assembly […]

The Japanese 1870 Secret Report on Chosun (Korea)

Monday, July 6th, 2009

“…How Ulleungdo and Dokdo became Chosun Possessions…” (竹島松島朝鮮附屬) The following page is yet another record proving the Japanese Government (Meiji) considered Dokdo Island as part of Chosun (Korea). Dokdo Island is sometimes called Liancourt Rocks by western nations and Takeshima by Japan. Most websites regarding the Dokdo dispute include the 1870 Secret Mission Report about […]

The 1877 Japanese Kobunruko Documents

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Japan’s Meiji Government Formally Excludes Dokdo from Japan Again The following record is yet another piece of evidence that proves Japan did not include Dokdo Island (called Liancourt Rocks by some nations or Takeshima by Japan) from the definition of Japan. The map to the right is an overall map of Korea’s East coast, Ulleungdo […]

Japan’s 1695 Tottori Bafuku Records

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Japan’s Shogunate Formally Excludes Ulleungdo and Dokdo From Japanese Territory The following documents are very critical to the historical ownership over Dokdo Island (sometimes called Liancourt Rocks or Takeshima by Japan) After the first dispute on Ulleungdo Island involving Anyeongbok in 1693, Japan began to correspond with Chosun about territorial ownership of Takeshima (Ulleungdo) and […]

The Takeshima 竹島 (Ulleungdo Island) Incident of 1837

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Japan’s Shogunate Defines Dokdo Island (松島 Matsushima) as Part of Chosun (Korea) During the early 19th Century the Japanese Shogunate strictly enforced an isolationist policy and passage to foreign lands was controlled or forbidden without special voyage passes. However a man named Aizuya Hachiemon ignored this ban and sailed to Ulleungdo without permission. This resulted […]

The Truth About the Japan Peace Treaty and Dokdo

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Over the years both Shimane Prefecture and Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs have stated their position on the Dokdo Takeshima dispute numerous times. In both 2007 and 2008 Shimane Prefecture and Japan’s MOFA published information brochures reiterating their stance. The brochures below show Japan considers post WWII Peace agreements, (most notably the San Francisco Peace […]

A Visual Study of Dokdo and Ancient Territorial Perceptions

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Throughout the ages, nations have used visibility as a method of determining which territories were part of their country. Both Ulleungdo and Dokdo have historical records from Korean and Japanese sources that when combined with common sense help us understand the territorial perceptions of this now contested region. Though both sides have argued with Japanese~Korean […]