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Japan Calls For Return Of Isles From South Korea - Yahoo News

View main page photo Yohei more info Matsumoto (C), parliamentary vice minister in Japan's Cabinet Office, arrives at a ceremony to mark "Takeshima Day" in Matsue, Shimane prefecture, on February 22, 2015 (AFP Photo/Jiji Press) Japan urged South Korea again Sunday to return disputed islets, one of the issues which have soured webblog ties between the two US allies. Seoul controls the islands in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) which it calls Dokdo. They are known in Japan as Takeshima. The Shimane prefectural government in southwest Japan held its annual convention Sunday, after enacting a local ordinance in 2005 which designated February 22 as "Takeshima Day". Yohei Matsumoto, parliamentary vice minister in the Cabinet Office, attended Sunday's ceremony and said the government was working to achieve a peaceful resolution of the problem. But he reiterated Tokyo's position that the islets are part of Japan's sovereign territory, according to local media.
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