The U.S. state of Georgia has taken a meaningful step toward calling the body of water between Korea and Japan the "East Sea."
The Georgia state senate unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday in which it refers to the water by the Korean name, the "East Sea," not the Japanese name, which is the "Sea of Japan."
The non-binding resolution was put forward by Republican state Senator David Shafer.
This comes as the U.S. state of Virginia awaits its lower house's decision on whether to require public school texts in Virginia to call the water BOTH the "East Sea" and the "Sea of Japan."
Korea argues the name "Sea of Japan" reflects Japan's imperialistic past and that at the very least, both names should be used.