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South Korea to Rename Island Peaks Disputed With Japan

South Korea has announced that it will be renaming two mountain peaks on islands midway between Japan and South Korean, in order to reassert its ownership of the territory.

There has been a battle for ownership over the islands for decades and historical evidence that they belong to South Korea has only recently emerged. The islands are known as Dokdo in Korea and Takeshima in Japan will be renamed by the Korean Government. One  will be called Usan, after an ancient name from the Joseon dynasty which ruled Korean from 1392 to 1910. The other mountain will be named Daehan, which is the official name of South Korea, in Korean.

The names will be changed in school textbooks, maps and internet websites starting today.

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