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South Koreans Protest against Japan's Claims over Ownership of Disputed Islands
   2016-02-22 19:47:01    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guo Jing

Police officers try to separate Japanese protesters and pro-South Korean activists from one other outside a ceremony venue to mark the Takeshima Day, a commemoration day set by Japan's local government for the disputed islands called Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in South Korea, in Matsue, Shimane prefecture. [Photo: CFP]

South Korea's foreign ministry has summoned a Japanese minister and the deputy chief of mission of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, Hideo Suzuki, to protest a ceremony held by Japan in support of its claim to disputed islands.

The islands, called Takeshima in Japanese and Dokdo in Korean, are now controlled by South Korea.

Cho June-hyuck is a South Korean foreign ministry spokesperson:

"The South Korean government strongly protests the Japanese government's sending of a senior central government official again to the so-called "Takeshima Day" ceremony, hosted by a provincial government in Japan on February 22, as well as demands it prevent any reoccurrence of this incident."

Also on Monday, South Korean activists held rallies to protest Japan's claims over ownership of the disputed islands.

Dozens of South Korean activists gathered near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul and tore up Japanese text books.

Moon Jai-ik is the protest leader.

"The Japanese government is well aware that Dokdo is South Korea's territory, however, it has distorted (history) little by little every year and made far-fetched claims. But Japan should stop making a futile attempt and acknowledge Dokdo as South Korea's territory since South Korean people will protect it."

Ties between the two countries have been frayed by disputes over territory and Japan's three-decade long colonisation of the Korean peninsula.

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