Japan continues to lay claims to the Korea-controlled Dokdo Island in the East Sea, threatening to take the case to the International Court of Justice.
But it turns out Japan thought the issue was not worth taking to the ICJ in the early 1960s.
In a secret report from 1962, Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the Dokdo issue cannot be categorized as an international dispute as it arose before Japan announced its compulsory jurisdiction over the island in 1958.
The document, which was made public by a civic group in Japan, added that territorial disputes only apply between countries that claim compulsory jurisdiction, but since Korea did not, it said the Dokdo issue cannot be deemed a territorial dispute.
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