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Analysis of historical materials related to the territorial sovereignty of Dokdo according to the Cabinet Secretariat of Japan and the character of this sovereignty

  • Journal of Japanese Culture
  • 2020, (84), pp.85-106
  • DOI : 10.21481/jbunka..84.202002.85
  • Publisher : The Japanese Culture Association Of Korea (Jcak)
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : December 24, 2019
  • Accepted : January 30, 2020
  • Published : February 29, 2020

Choi Bo Young 1

1단국대학교 일본연구소

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ABSTRACT

The reason that Japan selected and disclosed the records collected by its Office of Policy Planning and Coordination on Territory and Sovereignty was to argue that their incorporation of Dokdo, an uninhabited island, was “lawful” based on “clear” grounds, and that their occupation of the island is “justified.” However, the documents used as proof have been intentionally manipulated and designed to support Japan’s argument. This study indicates how much of the disclosed records, in fact, disproves Japan’s right to occupy Dokdo. Just as Korean scholars are attending to research on Dokdo conducted by Japanese scholars, so Japanese scholars are interested in Korean research on the subject. This means that research by Korean scholars, as well as projects related to Dokdo conducted by the South Korean government and South Korean institutions, must be all the more rigorous. Additionally, we must conduct broad continuous and systematic research on Dokdo in order to promote correct understanding of the issue and its resolution, rather than simply responding to false claims made by Japan.

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