Virginia Senate committee passes East Sea naming billUpdated: 2014-01-17 15:07:03 KST
And, in the state of Virginia,
A bill that would require the body of water between Korea and Japan to be identified as both the "East Sea" and the "Sea of Japan" in local public school textbooks is moving through the state legislature.
The bill, submitted by Democrat David Marsden, was passed on Thursday with bipartisan support in a vote of nine to four by the Virginia Senate’s Education and Health Committee.
If passed by the full Senate and the lower house of the legislature, the bill could take effect as early as July.
This is the second attempt to pass the bill, after it was voted down two years ago.
Japan is reportedly trying to block the bill by actively lobbying Virginia lawmakers in both the upper and lower house.
Korea considers the name "Sea of Japan" as a legacy of Japan's imperialistic past.
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