Japan-Korea Undersea Tunnel May Join Old Rivals

Possible tunnel routes (via Japundit)Possible tunnel routes (via Japundit)
Inspired by the success, both economic and political, of the Channel Tunnel linking Great Britain and France since 1994, a special exploratory commission formed by Japan's government is looking at a similar scheme to connect Japan and South Korea.

At just 79 miles in length, the proposed undersea tunnel would run through the islands of Iki and Tsushima. These islands lie between Japan and South Korea in the Tsushima Strait, scene of the Japanese navy's overwhelming victory over the Russian Baltic Fleet in the spring of 1905.

It's hoped that by joining Japan and Korea with a practical transport and communications tunnel that may also be utilized by China and Russia, old wounds and rivalries between these East Asian nations may be relieved.

Losses: Japan 115, Russia 5000+Losses: Japan 115, Russia 5000+
First proposed in 2002 when the two nations co-hosted soccer's World Cup, the tunnel project has been given new impetus by the government of Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, who has made improving relations between South Korea and Japan a priority. "This is a dream-inspiring project," commented planning committee chief Seishiro Eto, quoted by Kyodo News. "We'd like to promote it as a symbol of peace-building."

The Eurotunnel, or "Chunnel"The Eurotunnel, or "Chunnel"
Plans for the tunnel are still in the very early stages, but the preferred route would have terminal stations at Karatsu in southwestern Japan and Busan, one of South Korea's largest seaports.

The 1994 completion of the 31-mile long (23.5 miles undersea) Eurotunnel under the English Channel proved that the technology to construct and maintain large tunnels beneath the seafloor was effective and could be utilized at other locations. (via Agence France-Presse and Japundit)

Steve Levenstein
Japanese Innovations Writer

Feb 19, 2008
by TheMobiBlog (not verified)

Built as a peace jesture..Nice


I enjoyed this post and had no idea that this tunneling could even be done between Korea & Japan..

I do believe that it would be quit the investment in yen by Japan and thus also am inclined to believe its design is to promote peace..
Please keep me posted with any new developments related to the tunnel..

Feb 20, 2008
by Anonymous (not verified)

"........AND COULD BE


Hmm....I wonder if they'd ever have one between Taiwan and China.

Apr 8, 2008
by Anonymous


"English Channel" is "La Manche" in french, and is not specifically considered as "English" by anyboby excepted their old map printers :)

And this "Tunnel sous la Manche" made its first benefits this year 2008 only (when the railroad companies, exploiting it, made benefits much before that).

Jun 17, 2008
by Anonymous

why does japan want to do this?

with all the talk about unsettled liancourts rock issue this does not make any sense to me what so ever.

it's reported that japan will be resposible for 3/2 of the projected cost. facinating isn't it? can anyone tell me why?

there is no reason why this would benefit korea in the near or far future what so ever ( i use this often) in fact, korea shouldn't even bother even if japan takes on all the costing load.

japan would obviously benefit heavily as japan will become the terminal station and the entrance to eurasia market. this would shoot japan's economy far beyond one of US' thus making japan world's super economic giant.

so there seems to be only 'gains' for japan (in fact they already digged tunnel through their half and is waiting for korea to accept their plea).

peace is good. but a plan disguised as a peace attempt is a crime against humanity