|800 Japan Gov’t Officials Hold Takeshima Rally|
|by Tom McGregor||Wed, Apr 11, 2012, 10:17 PM|
A rising number of Japanese government officials, including hundreds of parliamentarians, are participating in territorial dispute demonstrations against South Korea. They are declaring that the island of Takeshima, which is called Dokdo by South Koreans, remains the territory of Japan.
The Joong Ang Ilbo of Seoul, South Korea reports that, “hundreds of Japanese, including government officials and lawmakers, attended a rally in Tokyo yesterday to lay fresh claim of Dokdo, Korea’s easternmost islets, and the Ministry of foreign Affairs and Trade in Seoul is planning its response.”
Approximately 800 Japanese government officials gathered at the memorial near the National diet Building in central Tokyo to claim that the Korean-controlled islets remains Japanese territory. The Shimane Prefecture in western Japan contends that the islets are part of its jurisdiction. They organized the Takeshima rally with a group of Japanese Diet members, who call themselves an alliance of lawmakers acting to safeguard Japanese territory.
According to the Joong Ang Ilbo, “it was the first time such a rally was held in the Japanese capital. Shimane Prefecture has held such rallies since 2006 on Feb. 22, which it has designated Takeshima Day. Takeshima is the name Japan has given to Dokdo.”
More and more Japanese government officials are participating in Takeshima raliies in recent months.
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