Japan’s video campaign on Takeshima to continue despite Seoul’s protests


Japan will continue its video propaganda campaign over a pair of South Korean-controlled islets in the Sea of Japan despite the protests and demands by Seoul that Tokyo’s video on the subject be taken off a popular video-sharing website, the government said Wednesday.

“The government is doing what we must do regularly, from the viewpoint of promoting a more correct understanding of the situation surrounding our country,” Foreign Ministry press secretary Kuni Sato said at a news conference, referring to a new YouTube video made by the ministry that features Japan’s claims to the disputed islets, known as Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in South Korea.

The ministry has uploaded a similar public relations video featuring Japan’s administration of the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, whose ownership is disputed by China, which calls the uninhabited islets Diaoyu, and by Taiwan, which refers to them as Tiaoyutai.

In a statement earlier Wednesday, a spokesman for the South Korean Foreign Ministry protested the uploading of the video on Takeshima, and demanded that it be removed immediately, calling the clip a “provocative act” that has prevented the soured bilateral relations from improving.

The South Korean Foreign Ministry later summoned an official of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul to lodge a protest over the video.

The 87-second video clip, made available on YouTube from Oct. 16, presents the Japanese government’s views on Takeshima in Japanese, saying the pair of rocky islets were unlawfully seized by South Korea.

As of Wednesday evening, it had been viewed more than 18,000 times.

Reiterating that the islets constitute an integral part of Japan’s territory both historically and under international law, the Foreign Ministry’s Sato said Japan will continue its efforts to carefully communicate its position internationally.

She added that the videos on the Takeshima and Senkaku islets will also be made available in 10 other languages, including English, Chinese, Arabic, Italian and Korean.

The ministry plans to create a similar video featuring Japan’s claims to the Russian-held islands off Hokkaido and one addressing the dispute over the renaming of the Sea of Japan, which South Korea calls the East Sea.

  • Bruce Chatwin

    “The ministry plans to create a similar video featuring Japan’s claims to the Russian-held islands off Hokkaido”
    I wonder if the propaganda will tell viewers how the Soviets came to occupy the islands. Will the propaganda video mention Japan’s alliance with Nazi Germany in WWII? Will the video mention the Yalta Conference? Somehow I doubt it.

  • Tommy Tinkle

    Japan is desperate because they have been backed into a corner. They cant prevent or punish the Chinese patrols, and they themselves dare not visit Russian and Korean held territory. Japan is too proud to admit reality. Which is too bad. Because Japan has no chance winning a war with China or Russia and the US wont let Japan fight with their other ally South Korea.

    Even with US intervention Japan would ultimately lose against China or Russia. The islands are far too close to the Asian mainland and US ships attempting a blockade will be sitting ducks to even short range land based missiles. The cost would be astronomical for the US to repel for an unsustainable amount of time. A Taiwanese analysis has already concluded by 2020, China could successfully invade Taiwan regardless if the US and Japan intervene.