Every Korean knows that Dokto is, was and will always be Korean.
So I'm shocked, shocked to find that the Japanese are telling their children that the Dokto islands are theirs:
The new edition of a social studies textbook for Japanese middle schools, written by a group of nationalist scholars, contains statements that say the Tokto islands between the Korean Peninsula and Japan are a part of Japanese territory.
Forget that Japan has a long-standing claim to the islands. They certainly shouldn't be teaching their children that garbage when it is clear to everyone that they are Korean. To make matters worse, the Japanese had the temerity to say that ownership of the islands was 'in dispute:'
A caption with a photograph of Tokto in the textbook says, "Takeshima, which is at the center of a South Korean-Japanese territorial dispute.
There is no dispute. There is only the truth that the islands are Korean. Everyone knows that this is a scientific fact. Who could dispute that except neoimperialistic Japanese nationalists?
Luckily Korean nationalists are rising to met this attack, which hurts the feelings of all Koreans. The Joongang Ilbo slammed the dirty Japs, uh, hmmm neoimperialists. Check it out. I'm sure that the Party of Dokdo Protection (English site) has some response planned for this.
These are Korean islands.
These are Korean birds.
These are Korean....things growing on rocks.
That is a Korean sun.
OK, I can't keep this up. Maybe I have been in Korea too long to be dispassionate about this, but I think that Korea's claim to Dokdo (as outlined here) is certainly stronger than Japan's. Having said that, Japan does claim that the islands are theirs and it is more than a little ridiculous to expect that they would say anything else in their textbooks. Korea claims Dokdo. Japan claims Dokdo. Ergo, the islands are in dispute. In this case at least, the latest Japanese textbook controversy is much ado about nothing.