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Published on Mar 26, 2007
South Korean groups advocate "East Sea" should be restored as a historically and geographically appropriate name, since the sea was known as "Sea of Korea/Corea/Joseon" or "East/Oriental Sea" until Japan's militant expansionism. They insist the title "Sea of Japan" was unfairly standardized during Japanese rule of Korea, and thus remains a symbol of Japan's imperialistic past. Korea argues that during the critical period for asserting the name East Sea in the international arena, Korea was deprived of its sovereignty, and had no diplomatic representation on the global stage. Koreans were even denied the use of their native language (1938~), and forced to adopt Japanese names (1940~), while time-honored Korean geographical names including the East Sea (Donghae) were changed to Japanese ones. Korea's position is that while "Sea of Korea" is actually the more common historical European name, "East Sea," without reference to a specific country, is more neutral. - Wikipedia