Shimane confirms 1760s maps showing Takeshima as part of Japan

JIJI

The Shimane Prefectural Government said Thursday that it has confirmed a historic first: the existence of two rough drafts of maps of Japan from the 18th century that serve as the basis of Japan’s claim to the South Korea-held Takeshima islets in the Sea of Japan.

The two maps, both made in the 1760s, reinforce Japan’s claim that the South Korean-administered islands are historically Japanese, the prefectural government said. South Korea seized the islets after the war, and calls the territory Dokdo.

According to the prefecture, the discoveries include a map draft titled “Kaisei Nihon Fuso Bunrizu” made in 1768 and a rougher draft titled “Nihonzu.”

The maps show islands called Matsushima, the name of Takeshima at the time, northwest of the Oki island chain in what is now part of Shimane Prefecture.

The maps were made by Nagakubo Sekisui, a geographer from Mito in today’s Ibaraki Prefecture. The maps preceded another map called “Kaisei Nihon Yochirotei Zenzu” that was made by Sekisui upon permission from the feudal government of the time that is cited by the current government as the grounds for Japan’s claim to Takeshima.

Nagakubo’s descendants gave the rough drafts to the Takahagi board of education in Ibaraki Prefecture.

  • shin ra

    I sense another complaint from the Koreans very soon…

    • http://getironic.blogspot.com/ getironic

      The only reason this is being brought up is because of the Senkakus.

      This is the Japanese idea of defending territory: bringing up the implication of mutual guilt, instead of making direct threats and telling people to GTFO or else.

      Weaseling around will only make things worse. Stand up for yourself, or submit. It’s one or the other.

  • joe_shiki

    Come on. I am sure that the Koreans have a map also.

  • badka

    The island Takeshima has always been a part of Japan. I am sure at that time Koreans had no idea whether there exists such island.

    • Revelation

      Right. You’re so certain because, of course, you were alive back then. Sure.

    • Guest

      What you believe is wrong. Japanese claim Takeshima is inherent part of Japan is false. There are 3 important Japanese documents proving Takeshima is not inherent part of Japan.

      1. In 1696, Tottori Han (鳥取藩) answered Matsushima(Dokdo then) was not belonging any province of Japan to the inquiry by Edo Bakufu.

      2. In 1879, Meiji government ordered the officials of Foreign Affairs of Japan visiting Korea to investigate how Takeshima(Ulleongdo then) and Matsushima(Dokdo then) became part of Chosun(=Korea)

      3. In 1877, Japan’s Dajokan(太政官, the highest authority then) ordered the Japanese to remember Japan has nothing to do Takeshima(Ulleongdo then) and another island(=Matsushima, Dokdo then).

      Japanese government’s claim Takeshima(Dokdo) is inherent part of Japan is a lie. If Dokdo was inherent part of Japan, how could the imperial Japan incorporate Dokdo on the ground Dokdo was ownerless in 1905? It’s contradictory, isn’t it?

      Besides, what you are sure of is wrong, too. How couldn’t Koreans had no idea where there exists such island which is visible from Ulleongdo on a clear day? It’s true Japan once had a clear recognition on Dokdo even though Japan lost it completely later. However, it was the result of Japanese fishermen’s illegal traspassing to Ulleongdo and Dokdo, not because Dokdo was Japanese land.

      Japanese Takeshima logic is based on the falsehoold and contradiction.

    • Guest

      There are 3 important Japanese documents proving Takeshima is not inherent part of Japan.

      1. In 1696, Tottori Han (鳥取藩) answered Matsushima(Dokdo then) was not belonging any province of Japan to the inquiry by Edo Bakufu.

      2. In 1879, Meiji government ordered the officials of Foreign Affairs of Japan visiting Korea to investigate how Takeshima(Ulleongdo then) and Matsushima(Dokdo then) became part of Chosun(=Korea)

      3. In 1877, Japan’s Dajokan(太政官, the highest authority then) ordered the Japanese to remember Japan has nothing to do Takeshima(Ulleongdo then) and another island(=Matsushima, Dokdo then).

    • Guest

      How couldn’t Koreans had no idea where there exists such island which is visible from Ulleongdo on a clear day? It’s true Japan once had a clear recognition on Dokdo even though Japan lost it completely for more than 150 years since they were prohibited to go to Korean land Ulleongdo and naturally Dokdo. However, it was because the Japanese fishermen illegally traveled to Ulleongdo and Dokdo, not because Dokdo was Japanese land.

  • frogmouth

    This article is rubbish.
    The map Shimane is talking about shows BOTH Ulleungdo (竹島) and Takeshima (松島)
    Japan officially confirmed Ulleungdo was Korean territory in 1696, well before these maps were published.
    Thus, these charts do NOT show Takeshma (Dokdo) as part of Japan. Also, you can even see part of the Korean peninsula with Busan.
    But, after four centuries of Shimane fishermen trespassing into Korean waters, you just can’t expect them to give up so easily.

  • Tom

    Just because an old map or two shows those islands using a Japanese name does not mean the mapmaker intended them to be seen as Japanese territory. That’s just ridiculous. So does an English map that shows ‘China’ mean that China is a part of the US or the UK? Obviously not. Face it Japanese people: Dokdo is controlled by the Koreans and they are not going to give it up without a (literal) fight. So just back off unless you want to go back to your imperialistic ways again, which would be good for nobody.

  • Phillip Ochola

    cant we all just get along.. :/

  • Jay Wilson

    Even though this map shows Takashima as being part of Japan, can anyone really say that this will change anything? South Korea will simply ignore this and refuse to talk to Japan about this unless Japan kowtows to South Korea’s demands that Tokyo relinquish its claims, which would get Japan nothing

  • until then

    In these drafts, Ulleongdo named Takeshima(Japanese traditional name for Ulleongdo) is also included. Then, the Shimane Prefectural Government confirms these maps show Ulleongdo as part of Japan?

    Ulleongdo has never been part of Japan. In other words, these draft maps are just inaccurate. Instead, there is a famous Nagakubo’s map named“”Kaisei Nippon Yochi Rotei Zenzu (Revised Complete Map of Japanese Lands and Roads(改正日本輿地路程全図).” and made in 1779. In this map, he clearly marked both Ulleongdo and Dokdo as Korean land. In other words, his draft maps have zero significance in supporting Japan’s claim Takeshima is Japan’s inherent land.

    For the image of Nagakubo’s 1779 map, go to https://securecdn.disqus.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/577/8954/original.jpg and https://securecdn.disqus.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/577/8955/original.jpg.