Visit ELTBOOKS - all Western ELT Books with 20% discount (Japan only)

June 26, 2003

A Sea By Any Other Name...

The influential National Geographic magazine has for the first time used the name "East Sea" as the English name for the body of water between Japan and the Korean peninsula. In a cover story to mark the 50th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, a map used the name in parentheses next to the name "Sea of Japan." The latter has been used by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) since 1929 (at the request of Japan) and in the "Limits of Oceans and Seas," the authoritative international publication on oceanography. Attempts have been made by Korea since the early 1990s to change the name, and it was first used last year on the magazine's Web site. Japan has vigorously opposed any attempts to have the IHO change the name.

Share this:  

« Previous | Main | Next »

Recent Headlines


Hedbanz / Charades
Helene J Uchida
Think Read Write
David Lisgo


Useful Links


  • ALTEThe Association of Language Testers in Europe
  • British CouncilInformation, resources, and links to other sites
  • Cambridge English Language AssessmentInformation on examination and qualifications for teachers and students
  • IALICInternational Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication
  • IALLTInternational Association for Language Learning Technology
  • IATEFL"Linking, developing and supporting" ELT professionals worldwide
  • TESOL IncPublishing, connecting, events and career development for teachers




World Today