|Dokdo City, Korean population 63,141|
The scientists used deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) to break down the structure of rock samples taken from Dokdo. Its component elements were then compared to that of Japanese rocks left behind on the Korean Peninsula after Japan's brutal occupation which ended in a Korean victory in 1945. The elements – and therefore the geologic codes – of the two samples were completely different, proving that Dokdo is not geologically related to Japan and is therefore Korean, which everyone apart from the Japanese knew anyway.
DNA testing of Dokdo rock had been held up for several months while Dokdo City Council debated whether to allow samples to be taken from the sacred islands, because the testing process would destroy the rock, reducing the islands' size by up to 1%. But it was finally agreed that rock samples could be taken from the Japan-facing side of the easternmost island, Dongdo, which is of course the smaller of the two main Dokdo islands. Removing the rock samples means that Japan is now one inch further away from the coast of Dokdo, further weakening their already dubious territorial claim.
Last year's Tohoku earthquake had already moved Japan's main island of Honshu eight feet further away from Dokdo, as Japan gradually moves out into the Pacific, which Korean geologists agree is the best place for it. In doing so Japan will leave Dokdo behind. Since it's hardly likely Japan would leave Dokdo in the East Sea if Dokdo were truly Japanese, it demonstrates how little Japan cares about the islands because they can't even remember to take it with them when they move.
Predictably, Japanese scientists have cast doubt on the validity of Korea's scientific breakthrough, clearly fearful that the Korean island of Daemado, which is wrongly called Tsushima by occupying Japanese forces, will soon also be tested using the rock DNA technique and proven to have a Korean heritage.
Tests on the Korean island of Ieodo have so far been inconclusive because the island is currently flooded, and the Korean scientists who pioneered the science of rock DNA say that currently they are unable to get accurate results on wet rocks.
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