Dokdo

Wisely, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has disabled comments on their Dokdo propaganda video uploaded to YouTube a few days ago. Because otherwise they’d be deluged with some pretty hostile feedback. And not just from angry Koreans. The map they provide is downright misleading. To a viewer who knows nothing, it seems perfectly reasonable […]

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Looking back at 2012: DPRK and regional news

by Philip Gowman 25 January 2013
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In the third of four round-ups of things that caught our eye in 2012, we look back at some of the stories from the DPRK and Seoul’s external relations. DPRK The leadership transition proceeded smoothly, contrary to many observers’ expectations. Kim Jong-un showed that he had inherited his father’s expensive tastes, with a story that […]

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Which is bigger: Gangnam or Dokdo?

by Philip Gowman 24 October 2012
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There’s been an awful lot of Korean stuff going on this year. In the UK, All Eyes on Korea, Korea putting up a good showing in the Olympics, Im Kwon Taek in town, Lee Byung hun and BIGBANG coming soon, a huge art show at the Saatchi… and everywhere you turn there’s a certain rapper […]

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Dokdo, Historical Awareness, and Korea-Japan Relations

by Events Editor 4 October 2012
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I do like a good argument. I remember a couple of years ago a Japanese diplomat gave a very informative talk at Chatham House about Korea-Japan relations. But there was a Korean in the audience with strong views and the Q&A degenerated into a heated debate about Dokdo. There’s been rather too much in the […]

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Japanese app offers fluffy solution to Dokdo issue

by Philip Gowman 2 September 2012
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You can claim Dokdo for Korea in a free mobile phone app, in which 독도 토끼 swims across the East Sea to get there before his Japanese equivalent. You can play Takeshima Struggle (yes, it’s a Japanese app) on a Samsung Galaxy S, but not on an iPhone: it’s Android only. Source / further info: […]

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Japanese invaders colonise Dokdo

by Philip Gowman 15 July 2012
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This month’s Korea.net magazine features Dokdo, but in cataloguing the island’s human and plant inhabitants, the magazine reveals five species with suspiciously Japanese-sounding names that have a firm foothold on the Korean islands. In the plant world, there’s Artemisia japonica var. macrocephala Pampan and Rumex japonicus Houttuyn (both ominously said to be “spreading quickly these […]

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How not to make yourself popular with Korean smartphone users

by Philip Gowman 14 June 2012
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According to the Marmot’s Hole, the map app of the recently revealed beta version IOS6 apparently has Dokdo registered as Takeshima. Oops! Keywords: General post tags: Dokdo | iPhone

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A look back at 2011 – part 3

by Philip Gowman 31 December 2011
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In the final part of our look back at 2011, we summarise some of the news stories which caught our eye. China This year the region’s biggest economy continued flexing its muscles: it conducted the first test flight of its new stealth fighter, announced that it had deployed stealth missile speedboats in the East China […]

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Two recent low-lights in Korea-related publishing

by Philip Gowman 13 March 2011
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Two recent books to avoid: Kimchi-flavored erotica? "In Deep Kimchi" on Amazon: http://amzn.to/fB5KfN. Looks totally dreadful, particularly as it seems to be about sex with a J-pop band #. Via KTLit.com. Charles Montgomery says a new book on Dokdo Thirty Three Shouts is “A Complete Waste of Time http://bit.ly/i6RIUT # Keywords: General post tags: Dokdo

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Another Sun: It’s educational, but it’s not for foreigners

by Philip Gowman 28 August 2010
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I was chatting to my companion during the interval of Another Sun, the big-budget Korean musical, at Sadlers Wells last night. “It’s educational,” she said, “but I don’t think it’s for foreigners.” I pressed her on the educational point. The plot of the musical is said to be based on the Korean foundation myth about […]

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