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Tokutei Asia (特定アジア, tokutei ajia, abbr. Toku-A (特ア), literally "specific-(East) Asia") is a term used on Japanese Internet forums for East Asian countries who feel that they exhibit certain anti-Japanese sentiment or involvement in political tensions and disputes with Japan, namely, South Korea, North Korea and China. [1]

The term tokutei Asia is used by Japanese nationalist internet users who do not like South Korea, North Korea and China. It is generally regarded as a disparaging term, and its use is limited to certain far-right circles, most notably the netto-uyoku . [2]

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  1. Tanabe, Shunsuke. "Japanese Perspectives on "Asia": Analyses of JGSS-2006" (PDF). JGSS Research Series. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 8, 2011. Retrieved December 11, 2022. On the contrary, the Japanese place a special attention to China, South Korea, and also North Korea. Parallel to the term "Tokutei Asia (specific-Asia)" on the Internet bulletin board systems, the majority of Japanese may regard these three countries as different from other Asian countries.
  2. "発信箱:特ア?=布施広(専門編集委員)". Mainichi Shimbun (in Japanese). October 30, 2013. Archived from the original on November 1, 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2018.