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The Shimane Prefectural Government on Tuesday held the 17th annual ceremony to mark Takeshima Day, designated by a prefectural ordinance, with a parliamentary vice minister attending the event for the 10th consecutive year as a central government representative.

The yearly ceremony for the islands of Takeshima in Shimane is designed to assert Japan's sovereignty over the Sea of Japan islands, which are effectively controlled by South Korea, where the islands are called Dokdo.

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