South Korea protests Japan’s repeated territorial claim to Dokdo, urges immediate abolition of Takeshima day event

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Dokdo islets

22nd February 2024 – (Seoul) South Korea lodged a strong protest against Japan’s persistent territorial claim to the Dokdo islets, known as Takeshima in Japan, situated between the two nations. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement expressing its deep objection to Japan’s unjust sovereignty assertion over Dokdo and called for the immediate cessation of the so-called Takeshima Day event.

Earlier today, Japan’s Shimane prefecture held the Takeshima Day event, which was attended by a high-ranking official from the Japanese central government. Since designating 22nd February as Takeshima Day in 2005, the prefecture has organized annual events to assert its administrative control over the rocky islets.

The South Korean foreign ministry emphasized that Dokdo has a clear historical, geographical, and legal connection to South Korean territory. It urged Japan to cease its unfounded claims over Dokdo and confront history with humility.

South Korea regained sovereignty over the Dokdo islets from Japan following the liberation of the Korean Peninsula from Japanese colonization between 1910 and 1945. The South Korean people view Japan’s claim to the islets as a denial of the atrocities committed during Japan’s colonial rule.

In response to the renewed territorial claim, the foreign ministry summoned Taisuke Mibae, the deputy chief of mission at the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, to deliver a formal protest.