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The move - made just hours before Korea faces its mortal enemy in an Olympic football match - has angered Japan, a country with a long history of being angry at something. "If the visit is made, it would go against our country's position" said Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba reacting to the rumored trip, threatening "we must respond to it further" and that it "would definitely have a large impact" – widely seen as diplomatic code threatening nuclear retaliation.
But the childish Japanese tantrum may spectacularly backfire, by the very fact that in their Bushido-fueled rage they apparently forgot themselves and had their foreign minister speak about the issue; recognizing that Dokdo is foreign territory. If Tokyo truly believed Dokdo was Japanese territory – although logically how could an island with a Korean name really be Japanese – the government would have nominated a domestic minister to make a statement.
Yet the East Sea Pirates continue to maintain the big lie of sovereignty over Dokdo. Tokyo has even made up a name for Dokdo – Takeshima, which laughably translates as "Bamboo Island" despite the fact there is no bamboo on Dokdo, just beautiful Korean trees growing out of rocks recently proven to be Korean. France also claims the territory, which it calls the Liancourt Rocks, named after a commune in the northern part of the traditionally communist-friendly country.
Nevertheless, pro-Japanese journalists working for the BBC counter-factually described the Korean President's trip as a visit to "disputed islands", even though there is no dispute in Korea about them. The BBC have long been known for using Sony and Canon cameras meaning that everything people see on their television networks are effectively filmed from a Japanese perspective.
Plans for the Presidential visit were made last month but fearing a Pearl Harbor style attack by the sneaky and untrustworthy Japanese members of the local government in Dokdo City along with local media outlets including The Dokdo Times were sworn to secrecy. In a brilliant move aimed at deceiving the easily misled and never battle-tested Japanese military, Lee Myung-bak first flew to Ulleung Island before flying on to Dokdo International Airport, landing at 11.16am local time while the Air Force flew combat planes overhead and Navy vessels encircled the island to prevent a Japanese attack.
As one point early in his trip the President, who was born in Osaka as Tsukiyama Akihiro, looked out from the edge of the East Island and joked that if he built his retirement home there "I could see Japan from my house".
He was then driven to Dokdo City where cheering crowds waved Korean and Dokdo flags, and he took the time to meet some of the Dokdan people, who currently number over 126,000 – if you also count those from the less-developed island of West Dokdo. After meeting local leaders he then stood with them on the balcony of City Hall to view a parade by the local military garrison, which included a drive-past of South Korea's latest mobile rocket launchers. While their display is largely symbolic due to 300km range limitations on them imposed by occupying American military forces, they can easily be moved to fishing boats which would put them in range of Tokyo. The President promised that any attack on Dokdo would see Tokyo destroyed "in a sea of fire".
Following the President's visit the coming days will no doubt feature senseless military posturing by Tokyo, but the Japanese people must ask themselves why none of their leaders have ever visited Dokdo. The simple answer is that behind Japan's blatant and shallow attempts to manipulate their populations with patriotism, which everyone knows is the last refuge of the scoundrel, the Japanese really don't care about Dokdo or its 126,000 people, who are all Korean.
Many are now calling for Lee to visit Ieodo next before China can launch a preemptive attack against the submerged Korean island.
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