December 12, 2004
A recent letter "Naming the Waters" [Nov. 7] took issue with the term for the Sea of Japan and asked that the Los Angeles Times hereafter refer to it simultaneously as the East Sea. Use of the sea name "Sea of Japan" is accurate and based on historic and international predominance for more than 200 years. According to our survey in 2000, 97.2% of all maps in 60 countries used solely the name "Sea of Japan" in English or its equivalent in the local language. It is also confirmed that the prevailing practice of the United Nations is to use only "Sea of Japan."
February 25, 2003 |
North Korea test-fired a short-range missile Monday as diplomats, including Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, were gathering here for the inauguration of South Korea's new president, Roh Moo Hyun. The test was viewed here as another calculated provocation from the regime in Pyongyang. The missile flew about 36 miles from the east coast of the Korean peninsula and splashed into the Sea of Japan.
October 20, 1993 |
Ignoring a storm of international protest, Russia pressed ahead Tuesday with plans to dump more radioactive waste in the Sea of Japan. Russia's "sea burial" of 32,000 cubic feet of liquid nuclear waste off the Japanese coast Saturday provoked angry protests from Tokyo and Washington. Only one of three international nuclear watchdogs was warned in advance.
July 20, 2010 |
The U.S. and South Korea on Tuesday announced a major naval and air exercise for later this month, a show of force aimed at North Korea in response to the sinking of a South Korean warship in March. The exercise, which will take place in the Sea of Japan and include the aircraft carrier USS George Washington , was announced in a joint statement by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and South Korean Defense Minister Kim Tae-Young after a meeting in Seoul. "These defensive, combined exercises are designed to send a clear message to North Korea that its aggressive behavior must stop, and that we are committed together to enhancing our defensive capabilities," the statement said.
April 12, 1987 |
ACROSS THE PACIFIC OCEAN, a never-ending war of maneuver is under way. It is a three-dimensional struggle--under sea, on the water and in the air--that pits the U.S. Navy against a Soviet fleet three times its size. The prize is control over half the world's surface. The weapons are multimillion-dollar ships and planes, as well as a vast array of sophisticated electronics that could provide the winning advantage if a conflict between the superpowers ever erupts.
July 28, 2010 |
China views the military exercises in the Sea of Japan as a threat to its territorial integrity. Beijing's indignation appears calibrated to push back at U.S. dominance in the region. As far as Beijing is concerned, the U.S.-South Korean joint air and sea military exercises that took place this week in the Sea of Japan were a direct threat to China's territorial integrity. For days now, China's state-controlled media have been beating the drums of war with editorials, each more confrontational than the last.