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S. Korea slams Japan's new textbook laying claim to Dokdo

All Headlines 18:45 March 27, 2012

SEOUL, March 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korea summoned a Japanese diplomat on Tuesday to protest Japan's latest history textbook that reasserts Tokyo's territorial claims to Seoul's easternmost islets of Dokdo.

The protest came after Japan's education ministry announced this week the results of its review of a high school history textbook that renewed Japan's territorial claim to the islets, according to South Korean officials.

South Korea "strongly protests the approval by the Japanese government of a high school textbook that justifies a distorted historical perspective and glorifies its past wrongdoing, and demands a fundamental correction," Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho Byung-jae told reporters.

Cho expressed "deep disappointment and concern over the fact that the authorized textbook, like the previous ones, contains Japan's territorial claims to Dokdo."

South Korea called on Japan to "sincerely act on its numerously reiterated pledge to build a future-oriented partnership while squarely facing up to history," Cho said.

Dokdo, which lies closer to South Korea in the body of water that divides the Korean Peninsula and Japan, has long been a thorn in relations between the two countries. South Korea keeps a small police detachment on the islets, effectively controlling them.

South Korea rejects Japan's claims on Dokdo as nonsense because the country regained its independence from Japanese colonial rule and reclaimed sovereignty over its territories, including Dokdo and many other islands around the Korean Peninsula.


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