Xbox Fall Update Pisses Off Japan, Pleases Korea - Takeshima vs. Dokdo

Kotaku - Brian Ashcraft, Tue Dec 11, 2007:

In the recent fall update, Microsoft expanded player profiles to include things like where we live. In Japan, if players tried to enter the Japanese kanji for Takeshima ("Bamboo Island"), a group of small islands in the Sea of Japan, the characters were not recognized. Both Japan and Korea claim ownership of the islands: Japan says its part of Shimane Prefecture, while Korea claims its part of North Gyeongsang Province. The island only has like twenty or so permanent Japanese residents. There are more Korean residents.

So maybe Microsoft is just hoping to side-step a very, very controversial issue of which country actually owns the islands by not letting anyone register the Japanese "Takeshima." Well, no. If you typed the Japanese kanji for "Dokdo," the Korean word for the islands, Xbox Live would accept it. That's right, Xbox Live Japan wouldn't accept the Japanese name for this area, but would accept the Korean name for it. And that inadvertently indicates which country Microsoft thinks owns the islands!

The Internet flipped out with comments over at popular site Nico Video hitting a thousand. Commenters called this "horrible" and "awful." Microsoft has since said it was a mistake in the new update and is correcting the error. The funny part? In the news clip after the jump, the caster continually refers to the Xbox 360 as the "popular" Xbox. "Popular" in America, that is!

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Krazy Ken Kutaragi3937d ago

The island belongs to Korea. Piss Off Japan.

riksweeney3937d ago


Mind you, there's only one more bubble to remove and then we don't have to read your comments ever again.

RadientFlux3937d ago

Interesting I didn't know that Korea and Japan had any territory dispute.
While I do know that Japan has failed to recognize certain atrocities they did during WWII.

On the bright side I doubt this will effect x360 sales in Japan (as they are already pretty low). Might increase sales in Korea though.

Dukester1013937d ago

Languages like Korean probably aren't fully supported and/or translated by MS, hence the error. Japanese however, probably is more supported, as MS always wants to appeal to Japan for some reason (as if winning the island wins the "console war").

People don't realize that not every word in the English language translates nicely into Eastern languages such as Korean or Japanese or Chinese... or hell, even the European languages for that matter.

If you don't believe me, just change the language on your system, and see how many English words are still present... it doesn't translate perfectly!

As for the territory dispute... just let it go already. If Koreans are the majority, give it to them.

SL1M DADDY3937d ago

Enemies to the bitter end. Way to bridge the gap MS! lol

rushbd3937d ago

More bad news for MS in japan.
YOu cant have it in japan. sorry MS

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