The governor of Shimane Prefecture in western Japan has urged the central authorities to resolve a territorial dispute with South Korea over the Takeshima Islands.
South Korea controls the islands. Japan claims them. The Japanese authorities maintains the islands are an inherent a part of Japan’s territory. It says South Korea is illegally occupying them.
In 2005, Shimane Prefecture designated the date as Takeshima Day, and has held a commemorative occasion yearly since.
About 200 individuals attended this 12 months’s ceremony. The variety of members was restricted to about half that of earlier years because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Governor Maruyama stated the islands are an inherent a part of Japan’s territory, and referred to as strongly on the central authorities to unravel the difficulty by way of diplomatic negotiations with South Korea.
Throughout the ceremony, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of the Cupboard Workplace in control of territorial points, Wada Yoshiaki, referred to as the occupation of the islands by South Korea unlawful and completely unacceptable. He added that the federal government will work tenaciously to convey Japan’s stance on the islands.
The South Korean overseas ministry on Monday launched a press release that strongly criticizes Japan for holding the ceremony and calls for the instant abolition of the annual occasion.
The Japanese Embassy in Seoul says its senior diplomat Soma Hirohisa heard a protest lodged by Kim Jung-han, the overseas ministry’s director basic for Asian Pacific affairs.
Soma reportedly responded by saying that Japan can not settle for the protest.