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  • Sep 17, 2014
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Dokdo/Takeshima Islets

Dokdo/Takeshima are a group of small islets located in the waters between South Korea and Japan which both countries claim sovereignty over. The islets are called Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan. The dispute over who owns the 0.19-square-kilometre territory continues to raise tensions in Japan-South Korean political relations.  

Seoul protests Tokyo's honouring of 'incorporation' of disputed islets

The protest to Hisashi Michigami, minister at the Japanese embassy in Seoul, followed the event in Matsue, the capital of the western Japan prefecture of Shimane, on Saturday, attended by Yoshitami Kameoka, parliamentary secretary with the central government's Cabinet Office.

Monday, 24 February, 2014, 6:34pm

Japan must give back islands

I refer to your editorial ("The world looks at Sino-US talks", March 21).

You mentioned that US President Barack Obama will meet the newly-elected Chinese President Xi Jinping possibly in September.

2 Apr 2013 - 5:59am 7 comments

Scholar calls reaction of South Korea and China to Japanese textbooks childish

A Japanese scholar has branded as "childish" the reactions in South Korea and China to new school textbooks that describe disputed islands as Japanese territory. Japan's Education Ministry on Tuesday approved a range of new textbooks for the school year that starts in April next year, with two geography books and six covering politics and economics stating that the Diaoyu, or Senkaku, islands and the Takeshima islands, which South Korea calls Dokdo, belong to Japan.

28 Mar 2013 - 2:48am

South Korean schools to teach about Dokdo islands dispute

Beginning this year, all schools will be required to provide a minimum of 10 hours of classes annually on "the importance of Dokdo", a ministry spokesman said.

27 Feb 2013 - 5:31am

Japan stages rally over disputed islands with South Korea

Japan held an annual rally on Friday over Tokyo’s claim to a set of tiny islands controlled by South Korea, which has been at the centre of a long-standing territorial feud.

Some 500 people flocked to the event in Shimane prefecture in western Japan, including the highest-ranking Japanese government official ever to attend and local and national politicians.

22 Feb 2013 - 3:24pm

FIFA suspends S Korean player for two matches

FIFA has suspended a South Korean player for two international matches over a post-match political gesture at the London Olympics, the South’s football body said on Monday.

4 Dec 2012 - 10:34am

South Korean concerns ahead of Japanese election

South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan warned yesterday of signs of a rightward shift in Japanese politics, including an increasingly aggressive stance on territorial issues.

Kim's remarks followed last week's decision by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to dissolve parliament and call a general election next month.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:42am

Briefs, November 13, 2012

Japan's ties with US, China vex Dalai Lama

13 Nov 2012 - 2:38am

Japan, South Korea plan first formal meeting since islands dispute

Japan and South Korea are planning a formal summit later this month, the first meeting since President Lee Myung-Bak angered Tokyo with a surprise visit to a disputed island chain, a report said.

12 Nov 2012 - 3:38am

South Korea renames peaks of disputed Dokdo islands

South Korea is renaming peaks on islands disputed with Japan in an attempt to reassert its sovereignty over the territory after a decades-long dispute flared up again this summer.

29 Oct 2012 - 1:44am