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    Tokyo Expresses Protest to Seoul After S Korean Lawmakers Visit Disputed Islands

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    TOKYO (Sputnik) – The Foreign Ministry of Japan expressed protest to Seoul on Monday over of the visit of South Korean parliamentarians to the disputed Dokdo islets, known as Takeshima in Japan.

    "In light of Japan's position on territorial rights to the Takeshima Islands, such actions are unacceptable. We strongly protest this. Despite the fact that Japan previously sent protests and called for the cancellation [of visits], it is extremely unfortunate that the trip took place, and we demand to prevent reoccurrence of those," the ministry said in a statement.

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    Earlier in the day, a group of 13 South Korean lawmakers visited the islands. One of the parliamentarians said on Facebook that the purpose of the trip was "to form a correct understanding of history" and an attempt to refute the provisions of the Japanese school textbooks that the Islands were part of the territory of Japan.

    The Liancourt Rocks islands, also known as Dokdo and Takeshima, have been administered by South Korea since 1954, but Japan disputes Seoul’s sovereignty over the territory.


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