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Korea bests Japan in textbook sea battle ... in Virginia

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Koreans may have bested Japan in a state Senate skirmish, but school textbook publishers will have the final word.

A long-running battle over the proper name for the Sea of Japan spilled into Virginia last week. The Senate sided with Korean activists by passing a bill authorizing the addition of their favored designation, “East Sea,” to new texts.

Victory could be fleeting, however. After the vote, Sen. Dave Marsden told that his SB 2 is “an attempt to influence the (textbook publishing) industry.”

“If (publishers) don’t put it in, then we don’t change.” That decision could hinge on cost.

Even the slightest customization of standardized textbooks can substantially hike the price for states ordering them. Marsden pledged that his measure would have “no fiscal impact on Virginia.”

The Fairfax Democrat, whose district is home to one of the largest Korean enclaves in the United States, hopes his bill will “send a welcoming message.”

Referring to the East Sea-Sea of Japan tussle, Marsden called it “the largest geographic controversy in the world today.”

“Our (state) Standards of Learning should reflect that.”

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