Japan Protests S. Korea Disputed Islet Surveying Plan

Japan protested against South Korea’s plan to conduct a topographic survey of Seoul-controlled islets located off the coast of Japan.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said in a press conference on Wednesday that the Japanese government protested through diplomatic channels and a South Korean foreign ministry official. The South Korean official accompanied a delegation President-elect Yoon Suk Yeol had sent to Tokyo. 

Matsuno described South Korea’s plan as “unacceptable” and “extremely regrettable.” The chief secretary said that the islets, called Takeshima, are territories of Japan according to historical facts and international laws.

The islets, known as Dokdo in South Korea, are located close to Japan’s western prefecture of Shimane. The two countries have been in dispute over the islets for more than 300 years.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida made agreements with South Korean delegations on Tuesday through a meeting to improve the relations of the two nations.

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