Japan | Curious portion of Japanese restaurant reminiscent of controversial archipelago arouses outrage on Korean Peninsula

The archipelago has been ruled by South Korea since the end of Japan’s occupation of Korea. However, Japan still demands islands for itself.

Plate curry sauce and the piles of rice in it have sparked angry reactions towards Japan from both North and South Korean media, says the editor of the British newspaper The Guardian Justin McCurry in his article.

The outrage has been caused in particular by the small, paper Japanese flag tucked into another rice hill and the shape of the rice heaps.

They are deceptively reminiscent of the main islands of Liancourt. Liancourt’s islets, on the other hand, are linked to a difficult, international controversy, which explains the angry reactions of the two countries to a curry dose that seems innocent, at least at first glance.

Liancourt islets located in the Sea of ​​Japan between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. The Japanese group of islands is Take-shima, the Korean is called Dokdo.

The archipelago has been ruled by South Korea since the end of Japan’s occupation of Korea. However, Japan still demands islands for itself.

“Take-shima is undeniably part of Japan, based on both historical facts and international law. Korea has occupied Take-Shima without international law. Japan seeks to resolve Take-Shima dispute peacefully, ”says Japanese Foreign Ministry on their website.

Both North Korea and South Korea agree that the archipelago does not belong to Japan. The controversy over island ownership has intensified in recent years.

Therefore, the curry portion offered by a Japanese restaurant can easily be interpreted as provocative. The main island-shaped piles of rice rest in the “sea,” or curry sauce, and the food-serving restaurant is located in Okinoshima. Okinoshima is a village in Shimane Prefecture, of which Japan includes the disputed archipelago.

South Korean magazine Dong-A-Ilbo described the serving of a Japanese restaurant as a “typical, cheap trick”.

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