South Korea Wants Apple To Remove Japanese Names For Dokdo Islets From iOS 6 Maps

South Korea Wants Apple To Remove Japanese Names For Dokdo Islets From iOS 6 Maps

The Dokdo islets in iOS 6 Maps.

South Korea has asked Apple to remove the Japanese names of the Dokdo islets from its new Maps app in iOS 6. Both Asian countries claim ownership of Dokdo, which has long caused tensions between the two. In iOS 5, when Maps was powered by Google Maps, only the Korean name for the islets was used, and that’s how Korean officials want it to stay.

Apple’s Korean unit has reportedly notified the local government that the new Maps service uses the Korean, Japanese, and Franco-English names to describe Dokdo simultaneously. The Korean-language version of the app uses the Korean name, while the Japanese-language version of the app uses the Japanese name

Korean officials say, however, that this is “unacceptable.” They argue that the Dokdo has been an integral part of South Korea’s territory, and that therefore only the Korean name should be used.¬†“Although Apple is a private organization, this is an issue that our government cannot concede on. So, we will continue reiterating our stance and requesting Apple to accept our demand,” the official said.

ZDNet reports that tensions have been high between Seoul and Tokyo over the Dokdo islets, which are situated in the East Sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan, after South Korean president¬†Lee Myung-bak visited the islets and cited “Tokyo’s unrepentant attitude over its colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula” as the reason for his trip. The Japanese were angered by his comments.

Apple’s Korean unit is yet to comment on the situation.

  • The_VaughnSC

    By that logic, I posit that “San Francisco” reflects Spain’s past colonial rule. Shall we now rename it “Saint Francis” on maps or call it “Holy Frank” in the vernacular? I’m sure the same Japanese map doesn’t label the Korean mainland with its name in Hangul, either, so this is just silly.

  • sosickitzill

    South Korea… Puuuhleease! Keep it steady Apple don’t change the name.

  • MacCulter

    By that logic, I posit that “San Francisco” reflects Spain’s past colonial rule. Shall we now rename it “Saint Francis” on maps or call it “Holy Frank” in the vernacular? I’m sure the same Japanese map doesn’t label the Korean mainland with its name in Hangul, either, so this is just silly.

    It’s not just about a name. Before you say silly for something you really don’t know, just do some quick google. Otherwise you keep making yourself silly.

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