• JIJI, Kyodo


The Japanese government rejected on Tuesday a protest by South Korea against the reopening of the National Museum of Territory and Sovereignty in Tokyo.

“Foreign people unhappy about it should come to see it. There’s nothing fabricated,” said Seiichi Eto, minister in charge of territorial issues, at a news conference, referring to the museum.

On Monday, the South Korean foreign ministry said Seoul “strongly” protested the expansion of the museum, and urged its closure.

The museum has displays related to the Takeshima Islands in Shimane Prefecture.

Seoul claims that the islands, located in the Sea of Japan, are an integral part of South Korean territory. They are called Dokdo in South Korea.

The museum opened to the public on Tuesday inside a building in the Kasumigaseki district of Tokyo after being relocated from an underground floor of Shisei Kaikan, a building within Hibiya Park, to make it easier to find.

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