Japan Opens Permanent Exhibit on Senkakus, Takeshima (News)


Tokyo Jan. 25 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government on Thursday launched a permanent exhibition space on the Senkaku Islands and the islets of Takeshima, its first facility exhibiting territory-related materials.

An opening ceremony was held in the Municipal Research Building in Chiyoda, Tokyo, which houses the museum on territory and sovereignty.

The admission-free museum displays public documents and photographs showing that the islands are integral parts of Japanese territory, according to government officials.

"I hope it will develop as a base where people can deepen their understanding of Takeshima and the Senkaku Islands," Esaki Tetsuma, minister in charge of territorial issues, said at the ceremony.

The Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands in the southernmost prefecture of Okinawa are claimed by China, which calls them Diaoyu. The islets of Takeshima in Shimane Prefecture are effectively controlled by South Korea, where they are known as Dokdo.

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