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Gov"t Now to Refer to "Japanese King" as "Emperor"

Sept 13,1998
For approximately the past two decades the Japanese emperor has been popularly referred to as the Japanese king. This, in the Korean language, has been a slightly derogatory term. The reasons for this are complex, but can in part be traced to Japan's claims on Korean territory and their distortion of history in high school textbooks.
However, as of September 11 the government decided to refer to the 'Japanese king' as 'emperor'. Park Jie Won, Chong Wa Dae spokesman said that 'The government will use 'emperor' as the official title of Japan's ruler to the international custom that maintain foreign countries refer to heads of state by the official titles.' However, the controversy over the title is expected to continue because of remaining anti-Japan feelings in Korea.



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