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South Korea plans to conduct another maritime survey in October in waters near disputed islets in the Sea of Japan, government sources said Sunday.

The survey, following one in July, is planned for areas that appear to include the exclusive economic zone Japan says it is entitled to near the islets known as Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in South Korea, the sources said.

Japanese officials are apprehensive over the South Korean plan, especially after an agreement was reached earlier this month to start discussing a procedure for each country to notify the other prior to conducting surveys in disputed waters, the sources said.

Japan intends to seek an explanation from South Korea during such occasions as a bilateral meeting in Seoul in early September on demarcating EEZs, the sources said.

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