Korea-Japan relations sour over Dokdo video
Japan says it will continue to promote its sovereignty over Dokdo, the Korea-controlled islets, through videos posted online.
Korea lodged a complaint with Japan on the issue, after
the Japanese Foreign Ministry posted a minute-and-a-half long video on YouTube last week that contends Japan gained sovereignty over the rocky islets in the 17th century, and reaffirmed its claim in 1905.
The video also claims Korea occupied the islets in 1952 in violation of the international law.
Japan's state-run NHK reports,. the Japanese foreign ministry plans to translate the video into 10 languages and link it to the ministry's website.
In protest, Seoul's Foreign Ministry summoned a representative from the Japanese embassy in Seoul on Wednesday and demanded that Tokyo remove the video immediately.
Seoul has called the action anachronistic and provocative, but Tokyo is not budging an inch.
According to Kyodo News Agency, Japanese foreign ministry press secretary Kuni Sato told reporters that the government is doing what it must do to promote a more correct understanding of the situation.
It appears the diplomatic tension will last for quite sometime, as Tokyo also has plans to produce another video promoting its position that the correct name for the body of water between Korea and Japan is the Sea of Japan, and not the East Sea, which is Korea's name for it.
Korea isn't the only nation upset about Japan's nationalism.
China on Wednesday also urged Japan to stop all provocations that are detrimental to China's sovereignty.
Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying made the remarks after the Japanese foreign ministry released a video online claiming sovereignty over another disputed island chain in the East China Sea, which China calls Diaoyu and Japan calls Senkaku.
Hua said the Diaoyu islands are part of China's inherent territory, a fact supported by historical evidence.
Han Da-eun, Arirang News.
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