Japan Protests S. Korean Lawmakers' Takeshima Visit


Tokyo, Aug. 31 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Foreign Ministry on Saturday lodged a protest with Seoul over South Korean lawmakers' visit to disputed Sea of Japan islands on the day, claiming that the move came despite Tokyo's prior warning for them not to make such a visit.

The visit to the islands, known as Takeshima in Japan, was very regrettable and can never be acceptable, Kenji Kanasugi, director-general of the ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, told a senior diplomat at the South Korean embassy in Tokyo over the phone.

It is clear that the islands are Japan's inherent territory in light of historical facts and under international law, Kanasugi stressed, urging Seoul to ensure that no such visit by South Korean lawmakers or others will take place.

The Japanese embassy in Seoul also protested to South Korea's Foreign Ministry over the latest visit by the lawmakers including Sul Hoon, a member of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea.

The visit came at a time when relations between the two East Asian nations continue deteriorating due to trade and other issues. The islands are known as Dokdo in South Korea.

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