Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Japan’s ludicrous position on Dokdo cannot be tolerated

[Editorial] Japan’s ludicrous position on Dokdo cannot be tolerated : Editorial : Home



On Feb. 22, the Japanese government dispatched a high-ranking official to the "Takeshima Day" event hosted by Shimane Prefecture. (Takeshima is the Japanese name for Dokdo.) This is the first time this has occurred since the prefecture passed an ordinance establishing the commemorative day in 2005.
In attendance at the event were 21 members of the Japanese Diet, including Shinjiro Koizumi, youth director for the Japanese Liberal Democratic Party and son of former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. Since the move effectively upgraded a local government event to an event recognized by the central government, it must be viewed as a major provocation.
It was entirely appropriate for the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to summon the political affairs minister from the Japanese embassy in Seoul and urge the country to immediately repeal the Takeshima Day ordinance and to end at once its unjust territorial claims to Dokdo. This was an overly timid response to Japan's provocative action, which is more offensive than in the past. A much stronger response is needed READ MORE

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