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Civic group to promote Dokdo online

All News 15:54 July 21, 2016

SEOUL, July 21 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean civic group on Thursday said it has kicked off a new campaign to promote the global awareness of the country's easternmost islets of Dokdo, which lie in the East Sea.

The nongovernmental organization Voluntary Agency Network of Korea (VANK), which claims to be a "cyber diplomatic organization," said it has selected 400 students, from middle schools to universities, who will help spread the right information about the islets.

While South Korea has been in effective control of the islets with a small police detachment since its liberation from Japanese colonial rule in 1945, Japan also claims the islets as its territory.

Tokyo has made claims to the island in the form of state-approved school textbooks and various government documents, including its diplomatic white paper.

The selected students will roll out various projects to improve the awareness of Dokdo among foreigners.

The participants will also make efforts to promote the truth of Hashima Island, located off the Japanese city of Nagasaki's coast.

It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in July 2015 for industrial sites used decades ago. South Korea voiced protest against the move as its people were forced onto the uninhabited island in the 1940s to work in coal mines there.

colin@yna.co.kr
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