Drawing protest from Tokyo, the governor of a South Korean province visited a pair of disputed islets claimed by Japan on Wednesday, according to his Facebook page.

Kim Kwan-yong is the governor of North Gyeongsang province, which has jurisdiction over the South Korea-administered islets known as Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan. He arrived by helicopter and sang the national anthem in front of the South Korean flag in the presence of security personnel, the Yonhap News Agency reported.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday said the visit is "totally unacceptable" given Japan's territorial claim on the islets off Shimane Prefecture.