Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"South Korea’s flagship research ship Isabu seems to have sailed into a controversy with the Japanese government over its name"

Nature:

The Japanese government has issued no formal protest over the ship’s name, but four scientists in South Korea and Japan have told Nature that researchers at Japan’s national marine-research agency have been instructed not to participate in any collaborations or cruises involving Isabu.

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The ship’s name refers to a sixth-century Korean general, Kim Isabu. In South Korea, he is known for his maritime conquests, which in some historical accounts included two islets that are the subject of a decades-long territorial dispute between South Korea and Japan