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S. Korea criticises Apple, Google for naming disputed islands

11-01-2012 23:34 BJT

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South Korea’s Foreign Ministry has protested the decision taken by two major world-wide map service providers, Apple and Google for removing the Korean name of a group of disputed islets that are also claimed by Japan.

Apple’s Korean-language map service retains the Korean name of Dokdo, but its Japanese-language service uses the Japanese name, Takeshima, for the same islets.

Apple’s decision comes less than a week after its internet rival Google, decided to subdivide the naming of the islands between its Korean and Japanese language search engines. South Koreans have been echoing their Foreign Ministry, complaining the decision confuses the rest of the world as to the sovereignty of the territory.

The tiny islets have long been a source of discord between the two countries. From South Korea’s perspective, the islets were the first Korean territory to be taken by Japan.

The islets were incorporated into Shi'ma'ne prefecture in 1905, five years before the entire peninsula was colonised. Tokyo has cited historical evidence to back its claim, saying it has belonged to Japan since at least the 17th century. South Korea has countered that, saying it has far older evidence.

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: CCTV.com

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