Japan Official Raps S. Korean Activities near Takeshima

Politics

Matsue, Shimane Pref., Feb. 22 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese government official criticized maritime activities by South Korea near the disputed Sea of Japan islands of Takeshima, at an annual ceremony for the islands on Friday.

South Korea "is continuing actions that should never be overlooked," Hiroshi Ando, parliamentary vice minister at the Cabinet Office, said at the 14th ceremony. He was referring to a South Korean research ship recently navigating areas near the islands, effectively controlled by South Korea and claimed by Japan.

The Japanese government will resolutely explain its position to South Korea and will deal with the issue with patience, Ando said.

It was the seventh straight year that a parliamentary vice minister has attended the ceremony.

The Shimane prefectural government designated Feb. 22 as Takeshima Day in March 2005 to commemorate the announcement of its jurisdiction over the islands, which are known as Dokdo in South Korea.

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