Japan protests S.Korean lawmakers' Takeshima visit

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Japan protests S.Korean lawmakers' Takeshima visit

Japan protests S.Korean lawmakers' Takeshima visit Japan protests S.Korean lawmakers' Takeshima visit

The Japanese government has lodged protests in response to a landing of South Korean lawmakers on the disputed Takeshima islands in the Sea of Japan.

A cross-party group of 13 South Korean lawmakers arrived on one of the islets on Monday.

South Korea controls the islands and calls them Dokdo. It refers to October 25th as the "Day of Dokdo."

Japan claims the islands. The Japanese government maintains the islets are an inherent part of Japan's territory. It says South Korea is illegally occupying them.

The South Korean lawmakers held national flags and a banner to demonstrate their claim of sovereignty over the islands. They also offered encouragement to guards.

One of the lawmakers posted an image on Facebook and wrote that the purpose of the visit is to denounce Japan's claims to the islands and spread a correct understanding of history. The lawmaker also wrote that the world should know the islands are South Korea's.

Koichi Mizushima, a minister at the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, lodged a protest with Kim Yong-kil, the head of the South Korean Foreign Ministry's Northeast Asian Affairs Bureau.

Mizushima told Kim that the lawmakers' visit to the Takeshima islands is totally unacceptable in light of Japan's position on their sovereignty.

He said it is extremely regrettable that the lawmakers went ahead with the visit despite Japan's protests and calls to cancel the trip. He also demanded an end to such actions in the future.

Source: Google News Japan | Netizen 24 Japan

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