Jun 20, 2014

S. Korea holds live-fire drill despite Japanese protest

The South Korean navy held a rare live-fire drill near the disputed Takeshima islets Friday, brushing off angry protests Japan, which called the exercise “deplorable.” The South Korean Defense Ministry said the drill was part of the military’s “regular” national defense training. The islets ...

Korean buys on Tsushima rouse rightists' fears

Apr 10, 2014

Korean buys on Tsushima rouse rightists' fears

South Korean businesses are increasingly acquiring real estate around the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s base on Tsushima Island, arousing speculation that some of the purchases are related to espionage by Seoul. Tsushima is situated in the Sea of Japan about 50 km from the Korean ...

Isle disputes to make schoolbooks

Apr 4, 2014

Isle disputes to make schoolbooks

Japan's territorial disputes with China and South Korea will enter all social studies textbooks for elementary school students starting in 2015, the education ministry says.

Apr 4, 2014

Seoul blasts textbook plan

South Korea on Friday criticized a move by Japan to include the government’s territorial claims to two tiny South Korean-held islands in elementary school textbooks. “Our government strongly criticizes the Japanese government’s approval of elementary textbooks that stepped up the level of provocation over ...

Feb 24, 2014

Seoul files protest over Takeshima Day

A South Korean Foreign Ministry official has lodged a protest with Japan for letting a government representative attend the Takeshima Day ceremony Saturday in Shimane Prefecture. Lee Sang-deuk, director general of the Northeast Asian Affairs Bureau, on Sunday summoned Hisashi Michigami, a minister at ...

Feb 22, 2014

VIP attends Takeshima ceremony

A senior government official attended a ceremony Saturday commemorating the “incorporation” of two tiny islets at the center of a territorial dispute with South Korea. Yoshitami Kameoka, parliamentary secretary with the Cabinet Office, represented the government at the Takeshima Day ceremony, which is named ...

State official to attend Takeshima Day event

Feb 14, 2014

State official to attend Takeshima Day event

A senior government official will attend a ceremony next week commemorating Japan’s “incorporation” of the two tiny islets at the center of the simmering sovereignty dispute with South Korea, the minister in charge said Friday. Yoshitami Kameoka, a parliamentary secretary in the Cabinet Office, ...

Teacher manuals state official positions on isles

Jan 28, 2014

Teacher manuals state official positions on isles

The education ministry instructs junior high and high school teachers to use newly revised manuals to teach their students that the Senkaku Islands and Takeshima islets are “integral parts of Japanese territory.”

Jan 22, 2014

Edo Period maps support Takeshima as Japan's territory: Suga

The Takeshima islets inherent territory of Japan historically and under international law, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday after Shimane Prefecture confirmed that five maps from the late Edo Period describe the territory as Japan’s. “There are many materials supporting Japan’s sovereignty over ...

Jan 15, 2014

Teacher manuals next front in islet disputes

The Abe administration is considering describing the Senkaku Islands and the Takeshima islets as integral parts of the country in instruction manuals for school curriculum guidelines, education minister Hakubun Shimomura says.