The U.S. state of New York is stepping up efforts to use the name East Sea for the body of water between Korea and Japan, after Virginia's state legislature recently passed a similar bill.
In a press conference Monday, a group of state lawmakers and Korean-American community members said they had submitted related bills to the upper and lower houses in the state.
The bills require the use of the name East Sea and Sea of Japan in all school textbooks published after July 1st.
The Korean-American community is hoping to see the bills pass in May.
Last week, the Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill requiring that the state education board only approve textbooks. that use both names.