The lawmakers claimed they wanted to visit the Dokdo Museum on Ulleung Island, to try and 'learn' how the territorial problem is viewed in South Korea. Dokdo is wrongly called Takeshima by the Japanese, and wrongly called the Liancourt Rocks by the so-called 'International Community'. Tokyo has repeatedly said that it wishes to refer the so-called 'dispute' - which is not a dispute at all because Korean sovereignty over Dokdo is a fact in Korea - to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, even though it knows that President Lee Myung-bak can not agree to this because he is busy doing his hair.
One of the Japanese lawmakers even tried to lie his way into Korea, stating "We have no intention whatsoever to claim 'Takeshima is our territory' while hoisting Japan’s national flag on Ulleungdo Island". But border guards - anxious to see off the threat quickly - were unable to find where the lawmaker had concealed the flag he intended to raise.
In May this year, three Korean lawmakers visited the Kuril islands, which were Japanese territory until they were occupied by the Soviet Union in 1945. Japan's opposition to the trip provoked the lawmakers to send a letter of complaint to the Japanese Embassy in Seoul stating "Our trip was legitimate parliamentarian activity. A complaint from Japan is an intervention against Korean sovereignty." Japan is evidently unashamed of its blatant double-standard in subsequently trying to send three lawmakers to Ulleung.
While Korea has little intelligence on Japan, it is believed the ultra-rightwingers were hoping to retailiate for the Korean Kuril visit, and change their party's diminished status at home as part of their 'Dokdo Crusade'. The Crusaders' trip to Ulleung was secretly believed to be a cover, and they really intended to try and make their way to Dokdo and push it into disputed territory using their secret robotic implants.
Earlier in the day, a Japanese Professor - who is believed to be part of a think-tank - also tried to gain entry to Korea. The deployment of tanks in the dispute by Japan is seen as a worrying escalation, but even though many Korean weapons don't work, security experts say that one tank is not enough to defeat South Korea.
The latest spat began when Korean Air landed their new Airbus A380 at the recently extended Dokdo International Airport just outside Dokdo City, to prove sovereignty over the rocks. One of the new features of the latest Airbus plane is an 'automatic sovereignty' switch, which can be activated by being simultaneously flicked by the pilot and co-pilot, if they are sober enough. The A380 will not run regular flights from Dokdo however, due to subsidence issues, but the plane incident led the Japanese government to ban government officials from traveling with Korean Air unless they carried a parachute.
Koreans reacted furiously to the Japanese Crusaders' attempt to infiltrate Korea. Student members of the Dokdo Academy, an affiliated college of Dokdo International University, staged a rally at Gimpo International Airport, chanting "The Japanese people are brainwashed and they should think for themselves!" Across the country, emergency Taekwondo classes prepared their students to beat down the invading lawmakers when they arrived at the airport. After bringing a fellow student wearing a Japanese lawmaker mask to the ground, cries of "Finish him off!" and "Kill him!" typically screamed around the buildings. In Seoul, a government minister said "Racial discrimination is an increasing problem in South Korea, and now the world can see how these Japanese dogs are coming here to racially discriminate against us and push their message of hate".
Even 69 year-old Japanese-born President Lee Myung-bak said he could not guarantee the safety of his fellow countrymen, instead apparently choosing to take the Korean side by dispatching one of his top aides, 67 year-old Lee, to stand guard on Dokdo to prevent the Japanese lawmakers from attempting to swim from Ulleung to the islands. Despite his advanced age and increasingly diminutive stature, the 67 year-old aide won the Korea Cage-Fighting Championship three years in a row from 1970-75. Other Korean lawmakers have said they will come to Dokdo to prove to the world, once again, that Dokdo is our territory.
After the Japanese dogs were heroically repelled from Gimpo International Airport, which they will probably now try to claim as their territory as well, Tokyo filed an official protest at the prevention of free movement of its elected representatives, which technically breaches diplomatic and international laws although Korea was never keen on them anyway. But Seoul said the lawmakers were turned back legitimately after testing positive for radiation.
Korean lawmakers say that in response they will step up their regular visits to the occupied Korean island of Daemado - which is wrongly called Tsushima by occupying Japanese forces. The Korean government says that despite Tokyo's outrageous international provocation, it will "continue to pursue a calm and logical approach to the coming war with Japan."
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