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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.  

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  • Japanese minister Takeo Mori skipped a three-way presser with his US and South Korean counterparts to protest General Kim Chang-yong’s trip to the disputed islets
  • One analyst suggested Seoul could have used Kim’s visit to drum up support for the ruling party’s presidential candidate
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Anti-Japanese grievances concerning territorial disputes, war crimes, and even produce from Fukushima – hit by a nuclear accident in 2011 – have been aired by South Korea and China during the Olympics.

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The Korea-controlled Dokdo islets, which Japan claims and calls Takeshima, are indicated with a barely discernible dot on a map of the Olympic torch relay route that was published on the International Olympic Committee’s website.

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With Korea’s Liberation Day on August 15, Koreans are heading for the territorially disputed Dokdo islets – called Takeshima islands in Japan – as local tour companies are offering up special tours

The exercises come days after North Korea tested a series of short-range projectiles, and are reportedly a precursor to annual maritime drills near a set of disputed islands that risk adding to trade tensions with Tokyo.

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.

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.

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.