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  • Seoul Expresses Regret over Tokyo's Revisions to Dokdo Teaching Guidelines

    Seoul has expressed regret over the Japanese government's revisions to high school teaching guidelines on its territorial claims over South Korea's Dokdo islets. 

    Foreign Ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-duk on Tuesday addressed Japan's plan, released earlier in the day, to move up the timetable for its mandatory Dokdo education by three years. 

    The spokesman urged Tokyo to immediately withdraw its claims over South Korea's easternmost territory in the East Sea and called the move "very regrettable." 

    He added that Tokyo is only forsaking an opportunity to reflect on its past wrongdoings by providing wrong ideas to its future generations.

    Japan's Ministry of Education on Tuesday unveiled new teaching guidelines, mandating its high school education of Dokdo to start by 2019.

  • S. Korea to Begin 2-Day Dokdo Defense Exercise

    South Korea will begin a two-day military exercise for the defense of the Dokdo islets in the East Sea Monday afternoon.

    Officials said Sunday that the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard will join the regular maritime drills set for Monday and Tuesday to better safeguard the country's easternmost islets of Dokdo.

    The military will reportedly mobilize six warships, including the 32-hundred-ton Yangmanchun destroyer, and seven aircraft, including P-3C maritime surveillance planes, UH-60 Blackhawk choppers and the Air Force's F-15K fighter jets.

    During the exercise, a rapid maneuver unit of the Marine Corps will practice landing on Dokdo to block any attempt by foreign forces to invade the islets. The marine unit is stationed in Pohang, 360 kilometers south of Seoul.

    The South Korean military conducts the drills twice a year to strengthen its troops' capabilities to keep foreign invaders at bay.

  • Gov't Urges Japan to Withdraw Renewed Claims over Dokdo

    Anchor: The government has urged Japan to immediately withdraw its renewed claims to South Korea’s easternmost islets of Dokdo. On Tuesday, Tokyo's Foreign Ministry submitted a diplomatic paper to the Japanese Cabinet containing its sovereignty claim to the islets. 
    Our Laurence Taylor has more. 

    Report: South Korea has urged Japan to retract its latest territorial claim to the islets of Dokdo in the East Sea, warning it will only hinder efforts to develop bilateral ties. 

    The Japanese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday submitted its annual Diplomatic Bluebook to the  Cabinet containing its sovereignty claim to South Korea’s easternmost Dokdo islets. 

    In response, Seoul’s Foreign Ministry denounced Japan for making "unjustifiable" territorial claims. 

    The ministry said the Japanese government must realize that making repeated claims over Dokdo will only impede efforts to advance the future-oriented ties between Seoul and Tokyo. 

    The ministry also said Japan’s claims will not have any impact on South Korea’s sovereignty over the islets, which it said are South Korean territory historically, geographically and under international law. The ministry stressed that Seoul will sternly deal with any provocations by Tokyo on the issue. 

    For the first time, the 2018 Diplomatic Bluebook also included the claim that the “Sea of Japan” is the only internationally established title for the body of water between South Korea and Japan. South Korea calls it the “East Sea.” 

    The paper also dropped the expression that "South Korea is Japan’s most important neighbor" sharing strategic interests. 

    The Foreign Ministry summoned Koichi Mizushima, minister at the Japanese Embassy in Seoul and conveyed Seoul’s protest against the issues.
    Laurence Taylor, KBS World Radio News.

  • Gov't Protests Japan's Claims over Dokdo in Diplomatic Bluebook

    The government has urged Japan to immediately withdraw its renewed claims to South Korea’s easternmost islets of Dokdo in its latest Diplomatic Bluebook. 

    The Foreign Ministry denounced Japan for making "unjustifiable" territorial claims to Dokdo after the Japanese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday submitted a yearly diplomatic paper to the Japanese Cabinet containing its sovereignty claim to Dokdo in the East Sea. 

    The ministry said the Japanese government must realize that making repeated claims over Dokdo will only impede efforts to advance the future-oriented ties between Seoul and Tokyo. 

    The ministry also said Japan’s claims over Dokdo will not have any impact on South Korea’s sovereignty over the islets, which it said are South Korean territory historically, geographically and under international law. The ministry stressed that Seoul will sternly deal with any provocations by Tokyo on the issue. 

    The Foreign Ministry summoned Koichi Mizushima, minister at the Japanese Embassy in Seoul and conveyed Seoul’s protest on Tuesday.

  • Japan Claims 'Sea of Japan' is Only Internationally Established Name

    The Japanese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday submitted a yearly diplomatic paper to the Japanese Cabinet containing its sovereignty claim to South Korea’s easternmost Dokdo islets in the East Sea. 

    The 2018 Diplomatic Bluebook reiterates the claim that Dokdo is “an inherent part of Japanese territory” according to historical facts and international law. 
     
    For the first time, this year’s paper also included a claim that the “Sea of Japan” is the only internationally established title for the body of water between South Korea and Japan. South Korea calls it the “East Sea.” 

    The paper also dropped the expression that "South Korea is Japan’s most important neighbor" sharing strategic interests. 

    These territorial claims and diplomatic provocations are likely to have negative effects on South Korea-Japan relations.

  • S. Korea Condemns Japan for Territorial Claim to Dokdo in Curriculum Guideline

    Anchor: South Korea condemned Japan's revised curriculum guideline, which makes it mandatory for high schools to teach students that the Dokdo islets are Japanese territory. The Foreign Ministry summoned the Japanese ambassador to Seoul to lodge a complaint. 
    Kim In-kyung has this report.  

    Report: South Korea has denounced Japan's move to strengthen its sovereignty claim over South Korea's Dokdo islets through its school curriculum.

    In a statement on Friday, the Foreign Ministry said the government strongly condemns Japan's decision to adopt high school curriculum guidelines which contain improper claims of Dokdo and urged an immediate withdrawal.

    The ministry also summoned Japanese ambassador to Seoul Yasumasa Nagamine and protested the move. 

    Earlier in the day, the Japanese government posted revised curriculum guidelines for teachers at high schools in its official gazette, making it mandatory for them to teach students about Japan’s territorial disputes with South Korea.  

    Under the guidelines, which were already applied to elementary and middle schools last year, high school students will be taught that Dokdo is Japan’s territory. 

    The current guidelines, last revised in 2009, urge Japanese schools to teach about the country’s territorial claims, but do not specify instructions on Dokdo and the Senkaku Islands. 

    Curriculum guidelines, which are legally binding and revised every ten years or so, serve as standards for how and what should be taught at elementary, junior high and high schools. They also serve as guidelines for compiling school textbooks.

    The Foreign Ministry said that Dokdo was the first Korean territory to be occupied when Japan seized the Korean Peninsula. It said Japan should bear in mind that if it refuses to reflect on its imperialist aggression, it will lose its opportunity to learn from history and advance to the future. 

    The Japanese government's strengthened territorial education is expected to further strain relations between Seoul and Tokyo, by adding to the Moon Jae-in government's refusal to accept a 2015 deal with Tokyo to "finally and irrevocably" resolve the comfort women issue. 
    Kim In-kyung, KBS World Radio News. 

  • Gov't Protests Japanese Event Repeating Dokdo Claim

    South Korea has strongly protested the Japanese government sending a senior official to a provincial event promoting territorial claim over the Korean Dokdo islets.

    Japan's Shimane Prefecture held an event Thursday to mark the 13th Takeshima Day. Takeshima is the Japanese name for Dokdo.

    Seoul's Foreign Ministry issued a statement on the same day and denounced Tokyo's repeated unjustified claims over Korea's easternmost islets, and urged that the provocative event be scrapped. 

    The statement called on Japan to immediately stop laying claim to Dokdo which inherently belongs to Korea historically, geographically and under international law.

    The ministry is expected to summon Koichi Mizushima, minister at the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, to file a protest.

    Earlier in the day, the Tokyo government sent Cabinet official Yuhei Yamashita as a government representative to the so-called Takeshima Day event, marking the sixth year in a row for a vice minister-level official to attend.

  • Japan Refuses Demand to Close Dokdo Promotion Hall in Tokyo

    Japan has refused Seoul’s demand it close a newly opened exhibition hall in Tokyo which promotes its claim to Korea’s easternmost islets of Dokdo.  

    According to Japan’s Kyodo News, Tetsuma Esaki, Japans’ minister in charge of territorial issues, held a press conference on Friday to refute South Korea’s criticism over the facility, claiming Takeshima is Japanese territory historically and under international law. Takeshima is the Japanese name for the Korean islets in the East sea.

    The exhibition hall showcases what Japan claims are historical documents showing that Japan has sovereignty over Dokdo as well as the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, over which it is engaged in territorial dispute with China. 

    Hours after the opening of the facility on Thursday, Seoul’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement to call on Japan to immediately close it and realize that correct historical perspectives are the basis for the South Korea-Japan relationship. 

  • Japan Opens Dokdo Exhibition Hall in Tokyo

    The Japanese government on Thursday opened an exhibition hall in the heart of Tokyo intended to promote its territorial claim over Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo.

    Provincial authorities in Japan have opened Dokdo promotional centers in the past, but it's the first time for the Tokyo government to open such a space in the capital city.

    During the opening ceremony of the so-called "territory and sovereign rights exhibition hall" situated inside Hibiya Park in Tokyo's Chiyoda district, Japanese Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs Tetsuma Esaki claimed the facility will play a central role in advocating Japan's territorial sovereignty.

    He expressed plans to hold special exhibits and increase the number of showcased materials.  

    On display at the 100-square-meter hall are materials that claim Dokdo and the Senkaku Islands belong to Japan. Senkaku in the East China Sea, known as Diaoyu in China, is disputed between the two countries. 

    The hall will be open free of charge from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays.

  • Japan Opening Exhibition Hall on Dokdo Claim

    The Japanese government is known to be opening a permanent exhibition space in the heart of Tokyo on Thursday to promote its territorial claim over the Korean Dokdo islets.

    Japan's Sankei Shimbun daily reported Tuesday that the government plans to open the "territory and sovereign rights exhibition hall" inside the Shisei Kaikan building in Tokyo's Chiyoda district as part of efforts to provide more information related to Dokdo and the Senkaku Islands.

    Sankei said it's the first time for the government to install a permanent exhibition facility related to territorial issues.

    The Kyodo news agency had also reported in November that the Japanese government will create an exhibition hall in the building, which is inside Hibiya Park, to introduce related materials.

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