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Uploaded on Jul 30, 2008
There are two tiny, itty bitty islands in the Sea of Japan or the East Sea, between South Korea and Japan. Both nations claim these small islands as belonging to them. The South Koreans have occupied these two islands for a number of years now. It has developed into a non violent territorial dispute between the two nations.
The dispute recently intensified when Japan announced it will mention the territorial dispute in the official handbook for the new school curriculum guidelines for social science classes in the middle schools.
As a result of this announcement, South Korea recalled their ambassador from Tokyo. Also a student exchange program between the two nations have been suspended. Plus there were demonstrations in front of the Japanese embassy in South Korea. The demonstrators took pheasants, the national bird of Japan, and slit the heads off while holding them down on Japanese flags. Then threw the headless birds over the walls of the Japanese embassy. This was cruel and senseless to murder these birds just to illustrate a form of protest.