VANK* sent out an e-mail noting an “error” in McGraw-Hill textbooks in which the Sea of Japan was not called the East Sea. Well, McGraw-Hill responded by changing their textbooks. Score one for VANK, I guess.
*Explanation – From the Marmot’s Hole quoting the Korea Times:
VANK is a non-governmental organization that seeks to correct Japan’s distortions of history. It was established in 1999 to act as a cyber civilian diplomatic resource for Korea by publicizing “correct history” abroad both online and offline. It has more than 70,000 members.
For those new to Korea issues, Koreans don’t like it that the Sea of Japan is called the Sea of Japan. They call it the “East Sea” . Of course, if you’re Japanese it’s not exactly East of your island group, but it’s not really fair to call it the Sea of Japan either, is it?