Takeshima Day Ceremony Joined by Japan Govt Rep for 8th Year

Politics

Matsue, Shimane Pref., Feb. 22 (Jiji Press)--The Shimane prefectural government held the 15th ceremony to mark Takeshima Day, designated by a prefectural ordinance, on Saturday, attended by a parliamentary vice minister from the central government for the eighth consecutive year.

The annual ceremony for the islands of Takeshima in Shimane, western Japan, is intended to seek the establishment of Japan's sovereignty over the Sea of Japan islands, effectively controlled by South Korea.

The continued participation in the event by a high-ranking Japanese national government official, this time by Takashi Fujiwara, parliamentary vice minister at the Cabinet Office, is expected to provoke a backlash from South Korea, where the islands are called Dokdo.

"Takeshima is Japan's inherent territory historically and under international law," Fujiwara said at the ceremony. "We'll respond firmly, not giving in at all in diplomacy, education and awareness-raising activities."

The ceremony in the Shimane capital of Matsue had 470 participants, including former Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Hiroyuki Hosoda and 11 other Japanese lawmakers.

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