The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade criticized Japan yesterday for holding a Takeshima Day event despite Korea’s objections in advance.
The event, which was hosted by the Shimane Prefecture Office, was attended by a record number of Japanese lawmakers and a government official.
“We once again sternly urge Japan to immediately abolish the ‘Takeshima Day’ Ordinance and cease its wrongful territorial claim on Dokdo,” said Cho Tai-young, spokesman at the Foreign Ministry, yesterday. “Japan should show a sincere attitude for the development of Korea-Japan relations by immediately dropping its wrongful and meaningless territorial claims on Dokdo, which is clearly part of our territory.”
Takeshima is Japan’s name for Dokdo. In 2005, Shimane Prefecture designated Feb. 22 as Takeshima Day.
The foreign ministry also called in Kurai Takashi, Japan’s deputy chief of mission in Seoul, and delivered a letter of protest. [Joong Ang Ilbo]