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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

Yoshitami Kameoka, Parliamentary Secretary of Japan's Cabinet Office, delivers a speech at the ceremony for the Day of Takeshima. Photo: AFP

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

The disputed islands claimed by China and Japan. Photo: Reuters

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

The Senkaku islands, also known as the Diaoyus. Photo: AFP

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

Dokdo islands. Photo: AFP

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

A protester takes part in an annual Takeshima Day anti-South Korea rally in Tokyo on Friday over the disputed islands called Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in South Korea. Photo: Reuters

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

South Korea's Park Jong-woo. Photo: AP

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

Shinzo Abe, head of Japan's main opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Photo: Xinhua

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

The Dalai Lama is on a 10-day visit to Japan. Photo: AFP

Japan's ties with US, China vex Dalai Lama

13 Nov 2012 - 2:38am

Japan, South Korea plan first formal meeting since islands dispute

The disputed islands, known as Dokdo in Korea and Takeshima in Japan. Photo: AFP

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

The disputed islands - called Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan. Photo: Xinhua

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

Seoul to rename peaks to assert claim to disputed islands

South Korea said on Sunday it would rename 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 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Google drawn into S Korea-Japan island dispute

Members of South Korea's parliamentary National Defence Committee hold a banner reading 'Dokdo is Korean territory, we defend!' during a visit to the Dokdo islands (known as Takeshima in Japan) on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

South Korea on Thursday lashed out at Google for changing the name of an isolated set of islands at the centre of a territorial dispute with Japan on its English-language web mapping service.

The protest came as Seoul and Tokyo are locked in a propaganda war to publicise their respective claims to the islands, known as Dokdo in Korea and Takeshima in Japan.

25 Oct 2012 - 5:42pm

Tokyo protests at South Korean MPs' visit to disputed islands

The set of disputed islets known as Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan. Photo: AP

A group of South Korean lawmakers yesterday visited an isolated set of islands at the centre of a territorial dispute with Japan - prompting an immediate protest from Tokyo.

Seventeen members of the parliamentary National Defence Committee flew to the Dokdo islands (known as Takeshima in Japan) on military helicopters for a day-long visit, an aide to committee member Han Ki-ho said.

24 Oct 2012 - 2:39am

South Korean lawmakers visit islands disputed with Japan

Dokdo or Takeshima islands are claimed by South Korea and Japan. Photo: Xinhua

A group of South Korean lawmakers on Tuesday visited an isolated set of islands at the heart of a territorial dispute with Japan – a move likely to stoke tensions with Tokyo still more.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Timely reminder of the ills of nationalism

Japanese author Haruki Murakami.

A group of Japanese, led by Nobel Prize-winning author Kenzaburo Oe, has issued a statement criticising their government's handling of territorial disputes and urging it to stop its battles with Taiwan and China over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands and with South Korea over the Dokdo/Takeshima Islands.

11 Oct 2012 - 9:58am 1 comment