Netizens Blast Korean Govt for Canceling Dokdo Building Project

Article from SBS:

Building project in Dokdo cancelled. Korean government says, “It might inflame tensions with Japan.”

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The Korean government has cancelled a building project on Dokdo Island that it had previously pushed ahead with to strengthen its claim to Dokdo. The Korean government’s action was affected by the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs’ view that the building project might cause tensions with Japan.

Mr. Pyo(journalist) reports.


The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries has announced that it withdrew its construction plan on Dokdo Island.

The building project has been a way to reinforce Korea’s ownership of Dokdo against Japan’s distortions of history since 2008.

Between 2014 – 2017, the plan was to construct a two-story building including generators, desalination facilities, and evacuation facilities.

The Korean government allocated a 3 billion won budget for the project this year.

However, On October 1st, Korean government decided to continue maintaining the status quo after having a meeting with the relevant ministry.

The Korean government accepted the opinion expressed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that this action might inflame tensions with Japan or bring about further conflict.

An official representative: We are postponing it rather than canceling it completely. There are opinions that we should be careful overall.

Therefore, Pohang Maritime Affairs and Post Office, the managing department of construction, cancelled entirely the bid notice for selecting construction companies.

The superficial reasons given by the government and Pohang Maritime Affairs and Post office for putting off the plan were for necessary safety inspection and concerns about environmental pollution.

As a result, construction projects like scientific centers or banks that contribute to reinforcing the Dokdo claim and raise safety standards are also being suspended.

Comments from Naver:


Isn’t it weird for Japan to be irritated about what we build in our territory? Korea is the best when it comes to kowtowing to others.


[The government] seems to be anti-Japanese outwardly but pro-Japanese deep down. Ya right, this is the right way to do things.


Why does the government care about what others think when Dokdo Island is our territory?


Never trust the backstabbers Japan and North Korea.


What, this is extremely disgusting.


Inflaming Japan? What is this bullshit? Are we living in Japan? This is Korea and why does the government care about what Japan thinks when it comes to construction in Korean territory? Am I living abroad? This is absolute bullshit.


Now the government is being pro-Japanese in public.


This is just like President Park. Look at the Korean government being intimidated in front of Japan.


What is this bullshit? What’s wrong with Korea constructing in Korean territory with Korean money?


Who the heck is wary of neighbors when he puts pots in his own garden?


Are there still pro-Japanese lawmakers in Korea even though people suffered at the hands of Japan only 100 years ago?


Now Korea kowtows to another country even when building something within Korean territory. What a great country.


Trying to please Japan as well as North Korea. Korea is a pushover idiot in North East Asia.


What the heck is this? Doesn’t Japan talking about comfort women inflame tensions with Korea? What an insane country this is.


Why do we have to care about Japan when it is in Korean territory?

Article from Munhwa Ilbo:

Korean Government Gave Secret Instructions to Keep the Dokdo Island Situation Calm

On November 1st, in a closed meeting of Ministers concerned about the Dokdo building project, the Korean government decided to cancel a Dokdo building project and withdraw the bid notice about construction on the island. Afterwards, it was revealed that the government ordered representatives to prepare for the cancellation of the bid and respond well at the very beginning so that this wouldn’t cause any issues.

According to a document that was exclusively obtained by Munhwa Ilbo on November 6th, Korean government stated that the project has been postponed as there are some problems that need additional inspection for safety, environment, cultural properties etc. The government also ordered the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to work together to fill in more detailed information.

According to the document, the government said, “The ministry officials concerned should respond as one voice based on a determined reaction to persuade the parties concerned.” Also, it has been discovered that the government commanded them to conceal the truth and lobbying activities, saying “To prevent this from becoming an issue, the Minister of The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries should initially respond by explaining this to representatives in the Gyeongbuk area.”

Moreover, it has been revealed that the government ordered detailed countermeasures to be made, saying “Prepare specific measures including alternative enterprise and project transitions after the Cabinet Office holds a meeting of the relevant authorities. Prepare properly so that The National Assembly doesn’t need to consider the budget next year.“

According to this document, suspicions have been raised about the clarification materials announced by Prime Minister’s Office on November 5th. Also, they are expecting blowback from the people towards the government for its submissive attitude and humiliating diplomacy.

According to the clarification materials prepared by Prime Minister’s Office, “Media reporting that government cancelled its Dokdo building project are not telling the real story. The building project was cancelled because there are more elements that need examining such as safety control, environment, cultural properties and so on. Other than that, nothing has been decided. We will make detailed plans after additional inspections.”

Comments from Daum:


Park Geun-hye’s government is rubbish, pro-Japanese, and deceiving people. The incompetent and weak Park should resign immediately.

배나온 기마민족님:

Pro-Japanese government. By pro-Japanese groups for pro-Japanese groups.


Haha this is suffocating and tragic. However weak Korea is in an aspect of diplomatic policy, however Korea protects itself under the hegemony of the world powers, are we supposed to emphasize the logic of the old days to every single citizen in Korea?


The Korean government might as well sell the nation..


I don’t know which country our government belongs to.


Let’s bury pro-Japanese groups in the sea in front of Dokdo. I can’t bear Lee Myeong-bak and Park Geun-hye.


This is so absurd. I’m so ashamed of being Korean.


What is this insane government? Wake up.


The pro-Japanese idiot chicken government never disappoints. Why don’t you just devote Dokdo Island to Japan?


Like father, like daughter.


People who always shut their mouths, isn’t it time to resist? I don’t understand the people who always keep quiet like the dead no matter what the government does.


Aren’t we supposed to drag them out?


Lee Myeong-bak also told Japan to wait, and not create any problems regarding Dokdo. All the traitors, tut.


This is not the Korean government but the Japanese government.


The right thing to do is to disband this government that is giving up its sovereignty.

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  • Truth Bomber 3000!

    Seeing as Koreans seem to favour the kind of architecture you would have seen in Russia in 1982 I’m glad thye have chosen not to plop when of those pre-fab eye sores in a relatively pristine island.
    You can imagine it now. The glass door. The horizontal stainless steel door bar that seems to come loose after 2 weeks. The faux-granite tiles. The synthetic material cladding. No thanks.

  • Boris

    It’s a rock. Nothing to do or see there and I doubt you could grow much either. You have to get stuff shipped in all the time. The question is, are they really stopping this for upsetting Japan or is there another, real reason?

    • kotegawa

      To please the nationalists and continue their pathetic campaign to upset Japan.

    • *.*

      many things can be extracted and exploited around those rocks, that’s the reason why they’re so fierce about the islets

      • Boris

        Even so, they already have people stationed there and last I read, there were an elderly couple living there.

        Building places for people to live there would be akin to Britain building homes in Rockall. It is a waste of money. They already have control over the Islands.

        The Chinese built an island to strengthen their claim over disputed territory. So, unless Korea plan on making the island bigger and more viable for living, this whole project is like pissing money down the drain.

    • Smith_90125

      It’s not just a rock. Large deposits of natural gas have been detected under them, and both are laying claim in order exploit it. There’s also the issue of fishing rights, which again both want.

  • commander

    A barrage of criticism of the government for its decision to shelve ₩3 billion, two-story installment on the easternmost islets is completely understandable.

    But, few of critics appear to rack their brains to figure out why the Korean government pigeonholed the construction project just ahead of the Nov.10-11th APEC summit in Beijing.

    As many international relations watchers predict, President Xi of China and Premier Abe of Japan held a summit on the sidelines of the annual gathering of Pacific Rim leaders, the first since two leaders assumed power in early 2013, and 2012 respectively.

    Almost all local media raised the specter of Seoul’s diplomatic isolation after the Xi-Abe talks, as if they forgot lashing out at the government for delaying the Dokdo construction enterprise.

    Apparently mindful of a breakthrough in frozen ties between China and Japan, South Korean President Park Geun-hye suggested a trilateral summit between the three neighboring countries, in an effort to prevent Seoul from being marginalized from a shift in diplomatic landscape in Northeast Asia–an roundabout acknowledgement that, without backing from China, South Korea’s righteous indignation at Japan’s angering colored historical interpretation makes no difference in Japan’s attitude.

    The latest diplomatic developments illuminate that South Korea need to craft more than a policy of angry reactions in handling an increasingly assertive Japan.

    Expressed anger without a blueprint for Korea-Japan ties will only give more time for ultra rightists in Japan to take advantage their conservative agenda to steer the island nation toward a more nationalistic path, getting on the nerve of our nation.

    What’s the solution, then?

    Seoul should pursue a policy of engagement with Japan to nudge it into a more responsible nation.

    The mere condemnations will have no chances of altering Japan’s revisionist policy, only to increase the prospect of a protracted antagonism between Seoul and Japan–a deterioration that make it hard for Seoul to secure cooperation with Tokyo when it tries to rid a increasingly menacing North Korea of its evolving nuclear weapons.

    Any strategic move by the government to improve ties with Japan is branded “pro-Japanese” by the nationalism-steeped public.

    Paradoxically, nationalism is an obstacle to making Japan a more conscientious and responsible nation–the aim that nationalists in South Korea have persistently quested for.

    • Small twon

      Not badly written but he forgot one of the most powerful player ,good old USA. You really can’t make any assumption about East Asia politic without Americans.

      • commander

        Actually, the 21st century international relations can’t be sufficiently discussed without considering Sino-US relations.

        Washington’s call has been for South Korea and Japan to repair their bruised ties and cement its trilateral alliance with China envisioned as potential adversary.

        That’s why the United States has refrained from showing critical stance over some high profile Japanese politicians’ reckless remarks claiming that sexually enslaved women during the WW II were actually prostitutes for the Japanese army.

        But, American policy makers are well aware that, unless Japan’s fettered with US-Japan alliance, the island country could spiral out of control to become a country bent on changing the status quo in Northeast Asia.

        So the United States pursues the double-purpose alliance strategy in dealing with Japan: Use Japan as a counter balance against a rising China while containing Japan in alliance system for the United States to remain as a Pacific power.

    • forest

      what a shameless leader. suggesting a trilateral summit? no thanks.

  • HaydenG

    Koreans are nuts. Japanese are nuts. They both have the collective maturity of a 5 year old. Two developed democracies fighting over 2 stupid rocks.

    • Small twon

      When some dude showed up your front door and ask just tiny litter bit of land ,you NEVER EVER say “..ok it’s just small thing ,take it and let’s call it peace”
      That was Korea’s answer,history taught us right way to handle that situation was stab that bastt##’s neck with whatever you got and fight until he leave you alone or he will take your home and make slave out of your family while insisting “It’s for you own good,you should know your place”

      • David

        Yes, but remember, if you jab yourself in the neck while trying to stab him it does not do you any good.

      • 금정산

        That is a false analogy because Korea didn’t have undisputed ownership of that tiny little bit of land to begin with.

      • HaydenG

        But it’s not your land.. It’s 2 rocks half way between Japan and korea
        Sent from my HTC

        —– Reply message —–

    • kotegawa

      Japan could care less about those islands. If Korea didn’t keep bringing it up, we wouldn’t even be talking about them. Have some knowledge of the subject before insulting an entire people.

      • That’s Odd

        If you guys didn’t care, why do you guys talk about them all the time?

        • kotegawa

          What do you mean by “you guys”? A couple people on the internet?

          • That’s Odd

            You guys, as in you Japanese. Didn’t Japan go ape shit when SK President Lee visited the Dokdo Islands in August 2012? Isn’t it why Japan started the current hate-Korean campaign?

          • fail

            a couple people on the internet and the government’s position. yea, must be in the minority

      • HaydenG

        Oh come on, like I’m not going to open up a Japanese textbook and see the rocks declared Japanese in it.
        —– Reply message —–

      • immature

        “If Korea didn’t keep bringing it up, we wouldn’t even be talking about them”
        This just prove’s HaydenG’s point. WAAA It’s always the other guy, never your own fault, if only the other guy would stop being childish then would too!

    • *.*

      Are you showing yourself as stupid? There are so many valuable hidden natural resources in surrounding areas and the rocks can be used to define the national border which means more fishing areas for the country. Research duh

      • HaydenG


    • Smith_90125

      That remark, coming from a yank? Quelle irony.

  • David

    About the comments: Hyperbole much? What is all this fake outrage? Why is every comment pretending like they have no idea the land is disputed. Fine if you say it is yours but to deny that somebody else also says it is their is disingenuous. And to pretend you don’t know why Japan would care is just acting like a child.

  • 금정산

    When Koreans talk about Dokdo/Takeshima, it’s such that there is no need to question the issue because it is simply Korean territory. End of story. However, any need to strengthen a claim proves that this territory is disputed… It is the same situation when these rocks appear on national maps (when there are many larger islands that are omitted). In every effort to assert 독도는 우리 땅! Korea only further reveals that this territory is disputed.

    Why does Korea want to build on Dokdo/Takeshima? Because she’s trying to turn possession into ownership; occupation into sovereignty. That and to build national pride. Korea won’t bring this issue to the International Court of Justice because she knows there is no long, undisputed evidence of occupation, let alone sovereignty before the Japanese annexation.

    • seno

      japanese keep raping koreans . why cant koreans rape japanese bitches for a change? even in JAV korean men are banned. not black men or white men or arab men but bans on korean men but not korean girls

      • 금정산

        You will find that Korean guys are popular with Japanese girls thanks to pop culture. I’ve known Japanese guys who admire Korean men (not in a sexual way) for their average height.

        Are Korean men officially banned? Don’t draw too many conclusions from JAV. Perhaps the reason Japanese men want to watch Japanese girls have sex with other races is because of the novelty factor; and it portrays the girl as particularly indiscriminate in their choice of sexual partners.

        • BSDetector

          Maybe you two should go make your own little private AV in a filthy alley in Itaewon. Dokdo embodies everything wrong with Korea, keep wasting time and money on it all to fill the pockets of a few fishermen. Fools.

          • 금정산

            Your comment is misdirected.

    • Xia

      Does the International Court of Justice really matter to anyone in question? It’s a court without law enforcement after all. Besides, who made their law?

      • 금정산

        The question of ICJ enforcement is a red herring to the dispute.

        Failure to comply with ICJ decisions is considered proliferation. The issue can then be taken to the Security Council for enforcement. For example, sanctions could be brought against the profits of mining or fishing from the territory. A problem could be that a permanent SC member could veto any actions against Korea, but don’t discredit the ICJ because of a lack of enforcement. There is still a question of who the territory rightfully belongs to. Would the loser of the ICJ case believe they are in the wrong? I think the Koreans would become more neutral as to whether they really deserve the territory. This is a step towards returning the territory to Japan.

        Does the ICJ really matter to Korean and Japan? Definitely, the courts decision does matter, and that’s why Korea refuses to participate.

        • Xia

          How can you be so sure who will win at ICJ and that it won’t be partisan?

          • 금정산

            Really? You are trying to make this about absolute certainty? Another red herring.

    • FloridianInCanada

      I’ve never understood why Asian nations have obsessions with territories.

  • Smith_90125

    Korea should not be acting like the thug Chinese regime, stealing islands that don’t belong to them. I’m glad to see the government being pragmatic instead of being stupid.

    The Liancourt Rocks are like England’s Rockall in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. England claimed Rockall because of international law about territorial waters and fishing rights.

    Japan and Korea are doing the same about the Liancourt Rocks in the Sea of Japan, except in this case it’s squabbling over the natural gas underneath. If they were smart they would cooperate, drilling and sharing it jointly.

    • Ruaraidh

      Making statements about things you know nothing about, check. Conflating England and the United Kingdom, check. Chewing tobacco whilst wearing a Confederate flag singlet… suspected.

      For future reference though, Rocabarraigh is already within the United Kingdom’s EEZ, and being an uninhabitable rock can not be used to extend territorial claims.

  • waygookinhanguk

    The Korean government eventually stumbled into the right decision for the wrong reasons. It should never have even considered spending a single won more on these rocks when it is running a debt, different figures are reported, but certainly well over 50% of GDP, perhaps as high as 78%.

    Let the computer keyboard nationalists pay for this crap out of their after tax salaries or whatever is left from their parents allowance. Don’t make intelligent tax payers foot the bill.

  • Jorge999

    That comments are extremely ridiculous!!!!! How can they be this korean netizens so blind?? :O Unbeliavable!! I live in Seoul and I this is so tiring ( -_-;) I’m not going to write a long long comment talking once again about these……….. persons. “Dokdo is simply Korean territory”, “Dokdo blablabla”… -_- Agh!! It’s so disgusting. And same is Korean government which is so immature and keeps everytime throwing “little stones” to Japanese Government -_-

  • KoreanPeninsulaDisqus

    Korean territory!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Korean Government WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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