Old Japanese Maps of Korea, the East Sea and Japan Show Japan’s Historical Territorial Limits
“If Dokdo was an inherent part of the nation of Japan as her MOFA insists, why do historical Japanese maps consistently exclude Dokdo Island..?”
The following maps were gathered from various sources with the intent of making one point. Throughout the ages Japanese national maps prove Dokdo (sometimes Liancourt Rocks) was not considered an inherent part of Japan as their Foreign Ministry now boldly claims. For reference, Oki Island has been boxed and a modern map at the top gives a geographical reference point for the viewer. From these maps, it’s a logical conclusion that for centuries before the annexation of Dokdo in 1905 the Japanese considered Oki Island (隱岐) as the Northwestern boundary of Japan. For higher magnification, each map is clickable.
Assorted Japanese Historical Maps of Japan Without Dokdo – Takeshima.
Addtional Miscellaneous Japanese Historical Maps of Japan.
“…The Oki Islands Are Consistently Shown As Japan’s Northwestern Limits On Japanese Maps…”
The following charts are Japanese historical maps with first an overview, then a general view and finally a close-up of the Oki Island region showing this region to be Japan’s territorial limit throughout the ages. The bottom two images of each group are clickable for higher detail.
Map 1. Made in the year 1800 by Chisakukan Shyokuko
Map 2. Map of Japan, 1891 by Fujitane Ihe
Map 3. Map of Japan, 1884 by Hashimoto Chogetsu
Map 4. Map of Japan, 1892 by Sakata Ichiro
Japanese Ancient Maps Excluded Dokdo – Takeshima Part II – The Only Possible Conclusion
“Japan’s MOFA’s claims are false. Dokdo was never an inherent part of Japan…”
When studying historical maps to determine past territorial perceptions, one must first collect as many charts as possible of the region in question made by the nation that created them. From there, these maps must be examined and compared to find a dominant trend. With this in mind, there can be no other conclusion that Japan excluded Dokdo Island from her land throughout history. The islets were never part of Japan.
This page is just the second of a series. If the reader continues to read and observe the dozens of charts found here and on the following, pages it’s possible to conclude the following: Not only did Japan exclude Dokdo from her territory, she frequently labeled and drew the islets as Korean. Thus Japan’s MOFA claims of historical title to Dokdo are simply wrong. Dokdo island is not, and was not an inherent part of Japan.