**Japanese Government Increases Publicity Budget for Dokdo While Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries’ Budget Decreases**
In a concerning development, the Japanese government has announced a significant increase in its publicity budget for Dokdo, laying claim to the territory as its own. Meanwhile, it has come to light that the Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries’ budget for promoting Dokdo next year has been reduced.
The analysis of the ‘2024 budget’ data, submitted by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries to the National Assembly, revealed a decrease in the budget allocated for Dokdo’s ‘promotion and academic projects’. The 2022 budget of 1 billion won has been cut by 132 million won (13.2%), totaling 868 million won for the upcoming year.
The ‘Academic and Public Relations Project’ for Dokdo aims to support private organizations focusing on Dokdo, facilitate visits to the territory, and provide opportunities for foreign individuals to experience Dokdo. Unfortunately, the reduced budget means less support for these initiatives.
While the budget for Dokdo’s ‘promotional and academic project’ had increased steadily over the years, reaching 1 billion won in 2023, next year’s reduction raises concerns. Professor Seo Kyung-deok, in a post on Facebook, emphasized the importance of promoting Dokdo and the East Sea in light of ongoing conflicts with Japan over sovereignty and the designation of the East Sea.
Interestingly, the Japanese government has allocated approximately 300 million yen (around 2.7 billion won) in next year’s budget to bolster its territorial claims on Dokdo and promote them to foreign countries.
Representative Shin Jeong-hoon expressed his disappointment, stating that while the Korean government remained silent on Japan’s release of Fukushima’s nuclear contaminated water, Japan’s determination to lay claim to Dokdo has only intensified. He called for concerted efforts from all ministries, including the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, to protect sovereignty over Dokdo and the East Sea by increasing the allocated budgets.
As tensions persist, it becomes crucial to enhance Dokdo’s presence and garner support from the international community. The ‘2022 auxiliary project extension evaluation’ highlighted the need for improved project management and sustainable facilities to protect territorial sovereignty and strengthen publicity internationally.
In this climate of competing assertions, it is imperative for Korea to proactively safeguard its territorial rights and raise awareness about Dokdo and the East Sea.
Gyeongbuk-do, provided by Smart Image
While the Japanese government is significantly increasing its publicity budget for Dokdo as its own territory, it has been confirmed that the Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries’ publicity budget for Dokdo next year has been reduced.
As a result of the analysis of the ‘2024 budget’ data submitted by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries to the National Assembly by Representative Shin Jeong-hoon (Democratic Party of Korea, Naju, Hwasun) of the National Assembly’s Agriculture, Food, Committee Rural Affairs, Oceans and Fisheries, the budget for Dokdo’s ‘promotion and academic projects’ next year is 868 million. It was confirmed that the decrease was 132 million won (13.2%) compared to 1 billion won this year.
Dokdo’s ‘Academic and Public Relations Project’ is a project that supports Dokdo-related private organizations, supports Dokdo visits, and supports Dokdo experiences for foreigners in order to promote Dokdo-related publicity. private institutions and Dokdo visits have decreased.
Recently, the budget of Dokdo’s ‘promotional and academic project’ increased from 810 million won in 2020 to 900 million won in 2021, 2022, and 1 billion won in 2023, but the government budget for the next year was reduced. Professor Seo Kyung-deok’s Facebook still
As conflicts involving Japan’s sovereignty over Dokdo and the designation of the East Sea continue, it is important to promote Dokdo and the East Sea to the international community. In fact, in the ‘2022 auxiliary project extension evaluation’, it was noted that ‘the use project management and sustainable management of Dokdo need to be improved to strengthen the management of large facilities to protect territorial sovereignty and strengthen publicity in the international community.’
Meanwhile, the Japanese government has set aside about 300 million yen (about 2.7 billion won) in next year’s budget to promote its territorial claims to foreign countries.
Representative Shin Jeong-hoon said, “Although Yoon Seok-yeol’s government could not say a word to the Japanese government about releasing Fukushima’s nuclear contaminated water, Japan’s ambition to conquer Dokdo has strengthened,” adding, “All ministries, including from the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries budgets to protect sovereignty over Dokdo and the East Sea “We must strive to increase it,” he stressed.
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