Safety personnel stand close to the Olympic rings monument outdoors the Japanese Olympic Committee headquarters in Tokyo on Might 18. (Reuters-Yonhap)
Dokdo, Korea’s easternmost islets, appeared on the official web site of the Tokyo Olympics Committee as a part of Japan in July 2019. Seoul’s International Ministry instantly urged Tokyo to delete Korea’s islets from the map. Japan then revised the map to make Dokdo much less seen, however the islets have been nonetheless seen if the map was enlarged.
Japan’s newest declare of Dokdo has led to mounting requires Korea to withdraw from the upcoming Olympic Video games slated to start July 23.
Former Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun wrote on Fb on Sunday that Japan’s inclusion of Dokdo on its Olympic map was a transparent political provocation. He stated he opposes Seoul’s participation within the Summer time Video games that “undermine Korea’s sovereignty and satisfaction.”
“If the calls for for political neutrality raised on the PyeongChang Winter Olympics three years in the past don’t apply equally to the Tokyo Olympics, it could be a violation of fairness and injury to the Olympic spirit based mostly on equity,” he stated.
Through the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, inter-Korean delegations carried the Unification Flag, which depicts the Korean Peninsula. However Dokdo was faraway from the flag after Seoul accepted the Worldwide Olympic Committee’s request to depart out the islets on account of a criticism from Japan.
The inter-Korean girls’s ice hockey group additionally placed on uniforms with a patch illustrating the Korean Peninsula with out Dokdo to comply with the IOC pointers on political neutrality.
Former Prime Minister and ruling Democratic Social gathering chief Lee Nak-yon wrote on Fb on Thursday that Japan has ignored the Korean authorities’s protest over Dokdo being marked as Japan’s territory on its Olympic Committee’s web site.
“From the previous to now, Korea has been in efficient management (of Dokdo). It’s an apparent reality that can not be a bone of rivalry,” he stated. “If Japan refuses to the tip, the federal government must take stern measures by all means attainable, together with the Olympic boycott.”
The magnified picture (Proper) of the Tokyo Olympic torch realy route on the Video games official web site exhibits Dokdo marked as Japan’s territory. (Search engine optimisation Kyung-duk’s Fb)
International Minister Chung Eui-yong stated Friday that Seoul will tackle Tokyo’s territorial declare over Dokdo on the Olympic web site as strongly as attainable. He instructed the members of parliament’s international affairs committee on the Nationwide Meeting that he already lodged a protest towards Japan and such wrongful actions relating to Dokdo is not going to be tolerated.
Japan’s Chief Cupboard Secretary Katsunobu Kato, nevertheless, stated on the identical day that Dokdo islets are Japanese territory based mostly on historical past and by worldwide legislation, rejecting Seoul’s request to take away Dokdo from the map on the Tokyo Olympic web site.
The federal government and the Korea Sports activities and Olympic Committee stated they’d ship an official letter of request to the IOC this week.
With regard to Seoul’s attainable boycotting of the Summer time Video games, Kato stated every nation’s Olympic committee would determine on athlete participation.
Search engine optimisation Kyung-duk, a professor at Sungshin Girls’s College in Seoul, stated that he despatched a request to revise Japan’s Dokdo declare on its Olympic web site to IOC President Thomas Bach and 205 member states. In response, the IOC gave the mailing tackle of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee and instructed the professor to ask them concerning the matter, in keeping with Search engine optimisation.
Greater than 32,000 individuals have signed a petition on the Cheong Wa Dae web site calling for a boycott of the Tokyo Olympics if the Japanese organizers don’t delete Dokdo from its official map.
“Japan’s such actions are nothing greater than a declaration of struggle through the use of the Olympics to internationally reveal their ambitions for Dokdo. Our authorities should reply extra firmly than ever,” the nameless petitioner wrote.
Though South Korea has been in command of Dokdo since its liberation from Japan’s colonial rule in 1945, the islets have been a recurring theme of pressure between the neighboring international locations with Tokyo persevering with to say sovereignty over Dokdo in its official authorities paperwork, public statements and faculty books.
By Kan Hyeong-woo (email@example.com)