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Senior GOJ official attends “Takeshima Day” ceremony

Asahi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, and Sankei wrote that Cabinet Office Parliamentary Vice Minister Yuhei Yamashita attended the 13th annual “Takeshima Day” ceremony held on Thursday in Matsue, Shimane. The prefecture designated Feb. 22 as “Takeshima Day” to reiterate Japan’s claim to sovereignty over the Liancourt Rocks, known as Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in Korea. This was the sixth year for the GOJ to send a representative of Yamashita’s rank to the ceremony. Yamashita stated at the ceremony that it is regrettable that the islands are illegally occupied by South Korea and that Japan will be persistent in addressing the issue.


Meanwhile, South Korea’s Foreign Ministry issued on Thursday a spokesman’s statement calling on Japan to stop holding the annual ceremony. Calling the islets South Korea’s “inherent territory from a historic and geographical perspective, as well as in the eyes of international law,” the ministry insisted that “Japan immediately stop making the unjustified claim and demonstrate the attitude of a responsible country by looking squarely at history in a humble manner.” The ministry also summoned a minister-counselor of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul to lodge a protest.


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