SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 28 October 2021, Thursday |

Not storm in a teacup: Korea, Japan fight over ‘islands’ in curry

Japan calls it the Japan Sea while as per Korean nations, this is East Sea, it is the Takeshima/ Dokdo islands, where both Japan and Korea both claim it’s theirs.
We’ve seen people fight over less but when it comes to international disputes, smallest of actions can have huge ramifications.
Japan and the Koreas claim an island equidistant from both shores. The islands are called Takeshima Islands by Japan and Dokdo by the Koreas. Japan, North and South Korea claim the islands.
The Korean media is fuming at an image of a Japanese curry that has two rice portions tossed in. The rice apparently resembles the disputed islands. Sight of a tiny Japanese flag has seemingly sent the Koreans fuming.
The dish was reportedly served in a restaurant on Japanese island of Okinoshima.
The islands are currently administered by South Korea.
Media in both Korean nations has been fuming. A news report in a South Korean news outlet described the photo a ‘cheap trick’ of Japan. While a North Korean news outlet said that such a representation betrayed Japanese intention to “capture” the islands.