House education committee in U.S. state of Virginia passes East Sea bill
The U.S. state of Virginia has taken another step toward ensuring students learn about the Korean name East Sea as well as the Japanese name Sea of Japan for the body of water between the two countries. The Virginia House education committee passed a bill Monday, that requires school texts in the state to use both names. Virginia State Governor Terry McAuliffe said Tuesday that he is willing to sign the bill once it passes the full assembly Thursday, where it is widely expected to win approval. Korea argues the Japanese name for the sea reflects Japan’s imperialistic aggressions.