Japan Protests South Korean Media Tour to Disputed Isle

October 5, 2012 by admin
Filed under: Dokdo 

Japan has officially complained to South Korea about a trip to a disputed rocky island organized Thursday for selected foreign media organizations.
 
“We’ve already lodged a protest because the move is inconsistent with our country’s position,” the Japanese foreign minister, Koichiro Gemba, told reporters in Tokyo on Friday.

A Foreign Ministry spokesman, in a VOA interview, elaborated that for the South Korean government to transport correspondents via Seoul to the island is “totally unacceptable and extremely regrettable.”

He said when the Japanese government learned Wednesday that the reporters, including at least one based in Tokyo, intended to accept the invitation from South Korea to take a helicopter ride to the islets Japan “strongly requested they refrain.”

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