Korea-Japan standoff: Why Americans should care - Korea and Japan's dispute is the only one that obligates U.S. military involvement on both sides to defend one from the other; historically the islands were strangely absent in the American-crafted Treaty of Peace with Japan, the San Francisco Treaty (1951); but then they became vital to American pilots for lightening their payloads while returning south from runs over North Korea during the Korean war – hence Korea's sovereign control; yet Japan says the treaty does not specifically name the islands Korean, thus the Allies did not *not* name it Japan's - Huffington Post (2012/09/14)
Quarrel between Japan, S. Korea may destabilize region - Obama spelled out military, economic and trade, human rights and diplomatic initiatives, yet the island has been a point of friction between Japan and South Korea since the end of Japan's colonization of the Korean Peninsula in 1945 - Washington Times (2012/10/02)
Readers may also want to know that it wasn't only the Senkakus or the Diaoyu Islands that were nationalized by the Japanese: Japan listed Dokdo as 'national property' in 1945 - Japan first listed Korea's eastern most islets of Dokdo as national property shortly before its defeat in World War II, when Korea was under colonial occupation - Chosun (2012/09/04)
S.Korea to rename peaks at islands disputed with Japan - reasserting Korea's territorial sovereignty over Dokdo - AFP (2012/10/28)
- one of the two peaks will be named "Usan" after its ancient title dating back to the Joseon dynasty that ruled Korea from 1392 to 1910;
the other "Daehan", South Korea's official name in Korean; the peaks were previously called the East and the West hills
Meanwhile, there is also a mild dispute (not even a territorial one) between Korea and China on the Ieo rocks – I wouldn't call that an island as it's reported to be some 4-5 metres below water. It's just a matter of whose EEZ (exclusive economic zone) to which it belongs.
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