Another case involving the "Sea of Japan" naming controversy that should remind Koreans not to use a language they don't understand. Last month VANK found a high school textbook with "Sea of Japan" on the cover. And now it turns out a poster for the Korean postal service does the same.
The posters for the 2012 Yeosu Expo also have the "Sea of Japan." Here's one hanging at school:
As I've argued before, the name "Sea of Japan" is and ought to remain the English name for the body of water. Some 95% of Koreans, according to a survey last year, believe the name should be the "East Sea." Koreans do, of course, call it 동해 in Korean, and nobody is suggesting it be changed to 일본해 in Korean. However, the established and accepted English name is Sea of Japan, and Koreans shouldn't stick their noses into other people's languages. Moreover, and what realy induces eye rolls and forehead slaps is that people are advocating replacing the Sea of Japan because it supposedly reflects Japanese imperialism and is a product of, so they say, aggressive lobbying by Japanese politicians. The alternate name suggested, though, is even more disgustingly ethnocentric and nationalistic because the sea is, after all, to the immediate east of Korea.
I know my page has been linked to Korean forums like "History Guardian" whenever I've posted on Korea's territorial disputes, and I'm sure pictures of the Yeosu poster will make their way there sooner or later If any of those readers are able, I'd like to invite them to give well-reasoned opinions as to why it should be called the East Sea in English. Things like "Japan was bad" won't cut it, nor will saying Koreans have been calling it "East Sea" for 2,000 years---because they haven't been using English that long---nor will references to a minority of old maps that label it the East Sea. You can't pick and choose which maps you trust, especially when they're inaccurate in so many other ways.
If you're so ambitious and want to "correct" English, start with your Top 40 music, with copyeditors who don't seem to know how to punctuate or capitalize a goddamn thing, and what passes for English teachers these days. Otherwise back the fuck off, k thx.