From the Chosun Ilbo:
Japan has agreed to return 1,205 volumes of priceless Korean texts including a collection of Chosun Dynasty royal protocols seized during its occupation of the peninsula between 1910 and 1945. Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan and his Japanese counterpart Seiji Maehara agreed to the deal in a phone conversation Monday evening, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday.I guess this is one advantage of having a more friendly-minded approach to Japan's leadership (and vice-versa), sort of like what we used to have.
But archives containing the official seal of the Chosun dynasty court library and royal texts recording lectures by former kings will not be returned due to ongoing disputes over when and how they were spirited to Japan.
It may also be a fringe benefit of having a president who was born in Japan.
The Yomiuri Shimbun also has the story.
|An illustrated text titled The Protocols of the Office of Royal Seals, |
kept in Japan's Imperial Household Agency describes how to make
the seal of the state of the Chosun Dynasty.
"Royal seal?" you ask. "That looks more like a turtle."