Online Game Provokes Ire of Japanese Nationalists

      January 06, 2010 11:21

      A conservative Japanese newspaper has blasted a popular Japanese online game for labeling the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan the "Sea of Korea." The Sankei Shimbun on Tuesday wrote the labeling "reflects the online game developer's lack of understanding of international relations." The Sankei is the island country's fifth largest daily.

      The newspaper took issue with Koei's description of the waters as "Mer De Coree" or "Sea of Korea" in "El Oriente," one of its "Uncharted Waters" series released in Japan last month. The waters were thus described in French maps of Asia in the 19th century.


      The daily said Japanese game players are complaining about the description in online message boards. Quoting Masao Shimojo, a professor at Takushoku University, it said game users who complain "understand Japan's sovereignty." Shimojo is among academics who claim that Korea's easternmost Dokdo islets belong to Japan.

      Koei declined to comment to the Chosun Ilbo, but according to the Sankei the game developer has no plan to change the label since the description is based on an existing historic map.

      Japan wants the waters to be called "Sea of Japan," whereas Korea insists on "East Sea."

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