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"

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.


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