Territorial disputes over islands in the Sea of Japan have had profound effects on the political relationships between Japan and its neighbour, South Korea, which has added to China’s political clout in the region. Our series focusses on the changing nature of geopolitics in the region and the tensions over the disputed territories.

JAPAN lost control of the Dokdo islands in 1945 as a result of the Second World War. The two islets and a group of rocks in the Sea of Japan are so small they are known as the Liancourt Rocks internationally.

They have long been a source of conflict between Japan and South Korea, but a visit by South Korean president, L...

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Dr. Stefan Lippert
a visit by South Korean president, Lee Myung-bak, on August 10, 2012, has inflamed relations between the two countries, sparking an angry political and diplomatic reaction in Tokyo particularly after President Lee called them ‘worthy of sacrificing our lives’
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