Visits to Japanese Dokdo Websites Surge

The number of visitors to a section on Dokdo on the Japanese Foreign Ministry’s website has rapidly increased recently, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported Tuesday quoting ministry statistics. The Japanese government is stressing its claim to the Korean islets by posting a controversial document entitled “10 Issues of Takeshima” in this section, after the Japanese name for the islets. The document claims among other contentious points that Korea failed to prove its effective occupation of Dokdo before Japan incorporated the Korean islets into Shimane Prefecture in 1905. The Japanese Foreign Ministry posted the document in February, making it available in Japanese, English and even Korean.

According to the Yomiuri Shimbun, some 870,000 Internet users clicked on the Japanese version of this section in July alone, a 24-fold increase month on-month. About 40,000 Internet users clicked on the section’s English version, a nine-fold increase month on month. The favorite search word on the ministry’s homepage also is Takeshima.

This seems to be the outcome of the Japanese government’s promulgation of new guidelines for school teachers on July 14 on Tokyo’s territorial claim to the islets. According to the daily, the number of visitors to the website increased sharply when Korea took a tough policy against Japan by temporarily recalling Ambassador to Japan Kwon Chul-hyun.

The Japanese Foreign Ministry took no position on the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s position on Tokyo’s claim, in consideration of relations with Korea. But the Yomiuri quotes the Foreign Ministry as saying, “It is good to see the people of the world have a better understanding of (Japan’s position) on the issue of Takeshima due to this development.”

[Digital Chosunilbo] | Original News @ HERE
Date : 2008/08/20

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