A bill that obligates the dual naming of the body of water between Korea and Japan passed the Virginia House of Delegates on Wednesday.
The bill mandating the use of both "East Sea" and "Sea of Japan" passed by a vote of 82 to 16 and now only requires Governor Terry McAuliffe's signature to become law.
McAuliffe is expected to sign the bill by early April so it can take effect on July 1. The bill is a major victory for the state's substantial Korean-American community, which has been pushing hard for the change.
They view the single name "Sea of Japan" as an unpleasant reminder of Japan's brutal colonization of the Korean Peninsula in the early to mid-20th century.