S Korea and Japan clash over sea's name in Virginia textbooks

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Virginia's house of delegates has passed a bill requiring all school textbooks to include the Korean name for the stretch of water.

In Japan it is known as the Sea of Japan and in South Korea as the East Sea.

The dispute over the sea's name stems from an argument between the two Asian countries about history.

The vote in Virginia was a hotly contested battle between Japan and South Korea, revealing the intensity with which these two neighbours argue over the recent past.

The Japanese government hired a lobby firm to help it....



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