Korean dry cleaners in NYC using plastic bags to address claims against Japan

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“Dokdo Island is Korean territory,” the ad [printed on the plastic dry cleaning bag] declared. “The Japanese government must acknowledge this fact.”

To understand the message on the bag is to go back more than a century, to the beginning of an emotional land dispute between Japan and Korea.

The conflict is over a cluster of barely inhabitable islets and reefs in the sea between the countries — called Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan — and much more, especially the legacy of Japan’s colonial occupation of Korea.

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