Even Japanese lobbying couldn't damp ...

Even Japanese lobbying couldn't damp Virginia lawmakers' ardor

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Since: Jul 13

Songpa-gu, Korea

#1 Jan 24, 2014
Unexpectedly last week Virginia’s state Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill to publicize the name East Sea for the body of water between Korea and Japan in its textbook. This means that even powerful lobbying by the Japanese Embassy in Washington couldn't damp Virginia State lawmakers' ardor for doing right thing. The East Sea naming bill was submitted by Democrat David Marsden.
The lawmakers who approved the bill said, "We're not changing the name of the ocean. We're merely reflecting what we're teaching children." "we are doing the right thing to tell what is the historical truth."
Thank to their wholehearted support, the bill has been going very well until Japanese lobbists intervened in this case. Four McGuireWoods lobbyists hired by the Embassy of Japan has put pressure on the committee meetings by using money power and their personal connection. The lobbyists have suggested that the General Assembly should not, in essence, craft its own foreign policy on that front. Japan also sent Sasae, its embassador at Washingto DC, to the Capitol in Richimond. Without question, We all could know his visit to Virginia is to block the East Sea bill. So, rumors have swirled in the Capitol that Japan would retaliate by pulling out of trade deals or urging Japanese-owned companies to pull out of the state.
Koreans view the “Sea of Japan” designation as a legacy of Japanese colonial rule. The name Sea of Japan did not become common until Korea was under Japanese rule, at which time it had no position to influence international affairs. South Korea argues that the name East Sea has been used in Korea for over 2,000 years. From the 16th to mid 19th century, Sea of Korea and Sea of Chosun were more widely used than Sea of Japan.
South Korea also has pointed out that a few 19th-century Japanese maps referred to the sea as Chōsenkai and "New World Map". In fact, there was no standard name prior to Japan's military expansion in the region in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Japan registered the name Sea of Japan at IHO in 1929 when Korea could not represent its interests internationally under Japanese rule.
“As governor, I will ensure that as new texts are purchased or downloaded, they reflect this important historical truth." said Gov. Terry McAuliffe. I believe he told us the truth and what is the right thing to do. Virginia senate's passage of the bill last week strengthen my belief more firmly that Virginia lawmakers will be swayed by Japanese lobbying activities behind the scene.

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