The Japanese government on Friday approved its annual defense white paper which defines Dokdo, a set of rocky Korean islets in the East Sea, as part of Japanese territory, raising tension less than a month after the two countries held a summit, South Korean diplomats here said, according to Yonhap News.
Officials at the South Korean embassy in Tokyo said that the 2009 Japanese defense white paper endorsed by the Japanese cabinet contains the same expressions on Dokdo as the 2008 document.
As good a time as any to bring up this video from Beijing last summer that I just saw yesterday on TV. It's from the popular show 무한도전 (Infinite Challenge), and is a compilation of dozens of foreigners singing bits of the Korean song "독도는우리땅" ("Dokdo is our land.")
Sneaky, I wonder if they knew what they were signing up for. As easy as it is to snicker at the Dokdo obsession on this side of the Sea of Japan, it is really irresponsible and immature for Japan to continue to lay claim to the rocks like this, knowing that doing so provokes such an angry response over here. If Japan is so confident in its claims to the rocks, why doesn't it submit a case to the United Nations or Hague Tribunal?