Virginia House passes bill to use 'East Sea' name in school textsUpdated: 2014-02-07 04:04:41 (KST)
Starting 2015, students in the U.S. state of Virginia will learn that the body of water between Korea and Japan is known not only by the Japanese name "Sea of Japan" but also by the Korean name "East Sea."
The Virginia House passed a bill by a wide margin of 81 to 15 Thursday, requiring the state education board to ONLY approve textbooks that use both names.
The House and the Senate, which also approved a similar bill, will send a joint bill for Governor Terry McAuliffe to sign it into law.
The Korean government and the large Korean-American community in Virginia consider the Japanese name as a legacy of Japan's imperialistic past.
Japan has threatened to suspend investment in Virginia if the state legislature approves the bill.
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