The Efforts of the Government of Japan in Response to the Issue of the Name of the "Sea of Japan"
1. Request to the BBC
In February 2003 a Korean newspaper reported that the BBC had used a map on its website that contained joint notation of the names "Sea of Japan" and "East Sea". In response to this report, the Embassy of Japan in the U.K. contacted the corporation about the matter. The BBC replied that it believed the term "Sea of Japan" was the most widely recognized name for the stretch of water concerned and that it usually used this term.
2. Request to the CNN
In March 2003 CNN used a map on its news screen that contained joint notation of the names "Sea of Japan" and "East Sea". Similarly, in an article on CNN's website, the company used the joint notation. In response, the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta contacted the CNN headquarters about the matter. CNN replied that they fully understand the position of the Japanese government. CNN is reviewing its policy regarding how it identifies the Sea of Japan.
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