On October 28, 2012, South Korea said that it would rename the peaks in the islands disputed with Japan. The peaks will be renamed in an attempt to reassert its sovereignty over the territory. The two main peaks are located at rocky outcrops, which are roughly midway between the two nations.

The islands are known as Dokdo in Korea and Takeshima in Japan. The peaks will be renamed to highlight the historical evidence of South Korea’s ownership. which has spanned centuries. The row of islands had erupted in the month of August, when South Korean President Lee Myung Bak made a surprise visit to them. Tokyo alleged that the trip to the island was deliberately provocative.