Top Ten Countries That Might Own Dokdo or Takeshima

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1 South Korea South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (ROK), is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula and sharing a land border with North Korea. Its western border is formed by the Yellow Sea, while its eastern border is defined by the Sea of Japan. South Korea claims to be the sole legitimate government of the entire peninsula and adjacent islands. It has a population of 51.75 million, of which roughly half live in the Seoul Capital Area, the fifth largest metropolis in the world. Other major cities include Incheon, Busan, and Daegu. more.

Only reason why the US gave the Liancourt Rocks to Japan instead of Korea is because the US feared communism could takeover Korea and thus the water around the Liancourt Rocks. Other than that, it is very clear that historically, it should be considered Korean, even if it is just two small rocks.

We all must acknowledge the fact that Korea throughout its long history has been the actual owner of the island Dokdo. Even most of Japan's historic maps and artifacts prove that Dokdo has been the territory of Korea. The reason Japan nowadays asserts Dokdo belongs to Japan is the fact that they, during the World Wars, forcefully took Dokdo away from the Korean government by trading with China. Because Japan forcefully took away the diplomatic powers from then, the Korean government had no power. However, this is where the problem starts. The Korean emperor, who actually held all the powers did not sign the treaty that yielded the diplomacy power to Japan meaning that Japan used its military force to do whatever they wanted with out the Korean's approval. This means that the trade Japan made with China regarding Dokdo is also invalid because the diplomatic powers still lied in the Korean Government.
I really hope that the Japanese government realize the truth and follow their ...more

I'm from the UK and I would say Dokdo is truly Korean territory. You will understand if you watch videos in YouTube. Korea government is desperately promoting Dokdo. Also, Japanese government, they are faking or trying to cover History between Korea and Japan. The reason why many Korean still argue about history is because the attitudes that Japan has shown to Korea and Japan is not like that of Germany. Japanese government only has announced ambiguous states of their history and it seems they are doing apology. They are somehow still worshiping world war criminals which is completely against of behavior of Germany. Finally, rather than cooperate with Asian countries, it seems that Japan consider themselves as not Asian country but more like Europe or sth. I admit Japanese are so nice and kind people but at the same time, it is Japanese who should re-think of their current situation and direction. Is the past the past? No, it is absolutely not. It is obviously unforgettable facts if ...more

Dokdo is a Korean territory. We have tons of proof. For example, even a Japanese map from 1905 doesn't mark Dokdo as Japanese territory. It was only later, after Japan illegally invaded Korea with force, that they became interested in taking away the Korean islet. The only reason Japan wants to bring the Dokdo case to the ICJ is because they have a Japanese judge in the ICJ who can rule in favor of Japan, regardless of their lack of evidence. Furthermore, the Japanese government have been brainwashing its people by teaching distorted history in schools so it's not even surprising that a lot of Japanese mistakenly believe that Dokdo is rightfully theirs (which is sad because they aren't even aware that they've been taught false history).

2 Japan Japan is an island country in East Asia in the Pacific Ocean. It lies off the eastern coast of the Asia Mainland (east of China, Korea, Russia) and stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and near Taiwan in the southwest.

Japan has a huge capital city called Tokyo, other cities in Japan include Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Osaka, Nagoya and Sendai. It's close to South Korea, which is on the North West of it. It has a large population of 126.86 million people (Statistics Bureau of Japan. Retrieved April 27, 2016). more.

Judging from the VERIFIED evidences, the island or the rock on the Japan Sea should be considered to be a property of Japan. I have investigated grounds of their respective claims and I have no choice but to conclude that the grounds for Japan are based on verified facts and international treaties, while those for Korea are merely their one-sided advocacy. I wonder if many of Korean citizens know the fact, but I am very sure that Korean government knows well that they have no chance to get successful lawsuit if they go the International Court of Justice unless they are real fools. Before the case be transferred to the ICJ, Korean citizens should learn and study the verified evidences so that they can notice they have been deceived by their own government.

Japan can show all of the world international evidences why Takeshima is a Japanese territory while Korea cannot, simply because Japan is the owner of Takeshima.

The reason why Takeshima belongs to Japan is

1. "Takeshima was never treated as a part of Korea, and since about1905, has been under the jurisdiction of the Oki Islands Branch Office of Shimane Prefecture of Japan. " said by former USA assistant secretary of State Dean Rusk

2. "The United States states that the United States concluded that Takeshima was a territory of Japan. " said by Ambassador Van Fleet

That is it. All Japan and Korea do is just to take the dispute to the International Court of Justice.
Let us prove it there.

In my opinion, it is totally 'nonsense' that both citizens try to show their proof here like 'We firstly found this island xx years ago... Or They illegally invaded the island after... Etc... ' as both side completely believe the island belongs to their side. I think only a third party which has an unprejudiced eye (International Court of Justice) can make a fair judgement for this kind of issue. Japan is now preparing for bringing this issue to ICJ, but sadly Korea consistently refuse to have ICJ make a decision. Why? I think this Japan's bringing the issue to ICJ is the MOST peaceful and understandable way to solve this conflict. I hope Korea comes to ICJ, please.

From the research I've done on the issue it seems that, while Korea may have had a historical claim to the island, in the aftermath of the Russo-Japanese War rights to the island should, for all intents and purposes, lie with Japan. Japan got the short end of the stick after World War II, and now South Korea is using that opportunity to be extremely aggressive in their claim and construction of a flag on the island, which just seems like bad manners to me.

3 North Korea The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea, is a country in Eastern Asia. Its capital is Pyongyang. It is currently ruled by the Juche leader Kim Jong-Un, after inheriting the title from his father, Kim Jong-Il, who in turn inherited it from his father, Kim Il-Sung.

North Korea's population as of February 18th, 2017 is 25,360,273.

North Korea is the third most corrupt country in the world, according to the CPI (Corruption Perceptions Index). It is also ranked 150th out of 163 nations in the Institution for Economics & Peace's Global Peace Index, making it one of the most dangerous countries in the world.

North Korea is said by many international organizations to have severe violations of human rights, citing their strict laws, prison camps (of which 40% of prisoners die from malnutrition), and having public executions and forced admittance of guilt for false crimes. more.

All of korean should be occupay by great cruel leader who has black-phone head.

4 United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly shortened to United Kingdom, UK or Britain is a Sovereign State located of the Northwestern coast of Europe. It is a Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy currently lead by Monarch Queen Elizabeth II and its current prime minister is Boris Johnson. The UK is a Unitary State consisting of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is currently a member state of the European Union, but as of 2016 has start the withdrawal process, and is set to leave the Union in October 2019. more.

That island became British territory in Age of Discovery.

Has been decided what the British Empire was a former winner of the Seven Seas

5 Russia Russia, or the Russian Federation (RF), is a transcontinental country spanning Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. It is the largest country in the world by area, covering over 17,125,191 square kilometres (6,612,073 sq mi), and encompassing one-eighth of Earth's inhabitable landmass. Russia extends across more.
6 Spain Spain, or the Kingdom of Spain, is a country in southwestern Europe with parts of territory in the Atlantic Ocean and across the Mediterranean Sea. The largest part of Spain is situated on the Iberian Peninsula; its territory also includes the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, the Balearic Islands more.

Japan? Korea? No! The Spanish empire share the half of the world.

I think Takeshima is a territory in Spain or Japan.

7 China China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a country in East Asia. It is the world's most populous country, with a population of more than 1.4 billion. China spans five geographical time zones and borders 14 countries, the second most of any country in the world after Russia. Covering an area more.

We need more lands

8 Australia Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. With an area of 7,617,930 square kilometres (2,941,300 sq mi), Australia is the largest country by area in Oceania and more.

Because this continent belongs to south Korea.

9 Israel Israel, officially the State of Israel, is a country in Western Asia. It is situated on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea, and shares borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria to the northeast, Jordan to the east, and Egypt to the southwest; it is also more.
10 Pakistan Pakistan was established in 1947 and is located in South Asia. Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan. Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar are other major cities of Pakistan. Urdu and English are official languages of Pakistan. World's second highest peak (K-2) and ninth highest peak (Nanga Parbat) are more.
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11 Albania Albania is a southeastern European country that is slightly larger than Maryland and near Montenegro, Kosovo, Republic of Macedonia, and Greece. The capital is a city called Tirana. Some other major cities in Albania are Durrës, Elbasan, Vlorë, and Shkodër. Albania gained its independence in 1912. more.
12 Argentina Argentina, officially the Argentine Republic, is a country in the southern half of South America. Argentina covers an area of 2,780,400 km2 (1,073,500 sq mi), making it the second-largest country in South America after Brazil, the fourth-largest country in the Americas, and the eighth-largest country in the world. It shares the bulk of the Southern Cone with Chile to the west, and is also bordered by Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, Brazil to the northeast, Uruguay and the South Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Drake Passage to the south. Argentina is a federal state subdivided into twenty-three provinces, and one autonomous city, which is the federal capital and largest city of the nation, more.

They love claiming other country's land.

13 United States The United States of America, or the U.S.A. for short, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, 48 of them are contiguous states. There are two other states, Alaska and Hawaii, which are north and south of the contiguous states, respectively. The United States declared its independence from the British Empire in 1776 with the Declaration of Independence. They won their independence in 1783 with the Treaty of Paris. Its capital, Washington D.C. (District of Columbia) is defined by imposing neoclassical monuments and buildings including the iconic ones that house the federal government's 3 branches: the Capitol, White House and Supreme Court. Though it has no official language, English and more.
14 Uruguay Uruguay, officially the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, is a country in South America. It shares borders with Argentina to its west and southwest and Brazil to its north and northeast; while bordering the Río de la Plata to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast. It is part of the Southern Cone region of South America. Uruguay covers an area of approximately 181,034 square kilometers (69,898 sq mi) and has a population of an estimated 3.51 million, of whom 2 million live in the metropolitan area of its capital and largest city, Montevideo.
15 New Zealand New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. more.
16 South Africa South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is the southernmost sovereign state in Africa. It is bounded on the south by 2,798 kilometers of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans, on the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana more.
17 France France, officially the French Republic, is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European part of France, called metropolitan France, extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to more.

French whaling ship that came close to being wrecked on the rocks in 1849.

18 Laos Laos, officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic (LPDR), or commonly referred to its colloquial name of Muang Lao is a landlocked country in the heart of the Indochinese peninsula of Mainland Southeast Asia, bordered by Myanmar (Burma) and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to more.
19 Thailand Thailand, historically known as Siam and officially the Kingdom of Thailand, is a country in Southeast Asia, located at the centre of Mainland Southeast Asia, spanning 513,120 square kilometres (198,120 sq mi), with a population of almost 70 million. The country is bordered to the north by Myanmar and more.
20 Ireland Formed in 1916 after the Easter uprising, Ireland is a small country with a population of roughly 5 million.
21 Bhutan Bhutan, officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked country in South Asia at the eastern end of the Himalayas. It is bordered by China to the north and India to the south. Nepal and Bangladesh are located in proximity to Bhutan but do not share a land border. The country has a population of over more.
22 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia, officially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), is a country on the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. It has a land area of about 2,150,000 km2 (830,000 sq mi), making it the fifth-largest country in Asia, the second-largest in the Arab world, and the largest in Western Asia. It is bordered more.
23 Nepal Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a sovereign state located in South Asia. more.
24 Tonga Tonga, officially the Kingdom of Tonga, is a Polynesian sovereign state and archipelago comprising 169 islands of which 36 are inhabited. The archipelago's total surface area is about 750 square kilometres (290 sq mi) scattered over 700,000 square kilometres (270,000 sq mi) of the southern Pacific Ocean.Tonga more.
25 Tuvalu Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, midway between Hawaii and Australia.
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