The Jan. 9 article ” ‘Sea of Peace’ instead of Sea of Japan: Roh” stated that South Korean President Roh Myoo Hyun had proposed renaming the Sea of Japan to either “The Sea of Peace” or the “The Sea of Friendship.” Since the name of this sea has been a stumbling block in improving the Japan-Korea relationship, I fully support this proposal.

If both countries are truly aiming for peace, then compromises will have to be made. Past incidents have strained the relationship between Japan and Korea, although many peace talks have been held to smooth over misunderstandings and create new bridges of peace. I urge the government to prove that it does more than just talk — and what better way is there to do so than to name an entire sea after the goal of friendship?

kaycee matsuda

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