Who would have thought that this easy bowl of curry was the supply of controversy over the long-running territorial dispute between Japan and Korea.
What does a bowl of curry have that make Japan and North Korea “wake up”?
Recently, a photograph of a bowl of curry at a restaurant on Okinoshima Island in Shimane all of the sudden induced excessive controversy in each Japan and North Korea.
The motive is that the curry bowl is formed just like the Takeshima Islands (Koreans name it Dokdo), which is in dispute between Japan and North Korea. The chef has planted the Japanese flag on the rice dunes, surrounded by the “sea” of curry sauce. Immediately, the media in North Korea and South Korea had been very upset due to this picture.
A college professor informed the Dong-A-Ilbo newspaper that Japan used a “typically cheap trick” to push its declare to the disputed space. Meanwhile, North Korea’s Uriminzokkiri web page stated that the curry bowl is the “embodiment” of the ambition of the land of Phu Tang with the archipelago.
Takeshima/Dokdo is a bunch of islands equidistant between Korea and Japan. The islands are also called Liancourt Rocks, named after a French whaling ship that just about sank there in 1849.
Currently, the islands are administered by South Korea, however Japan claims them as a part of its territory. Disputes over the sovereignty of the islands have made Japan-South Korea’s relationship “floating” lately.
At the Tokyo Olympics final summer season, the South Korean authorities protested Japan’s inclusion of the Takeshima/Dokdo Islands on the map on the Olympic Organizing Committee’s web site.
This shouldn’t be the primary time meals has sparked controversy and anger associated to politics. In 2017, Japanese officers protested after shrimp caught in waters off Dokdo appeared on the menu of a cupboard social gathering when Donald Trump visited South Korea.