Feb. 22 – A North Korean university condemned Japan as part of Japanese territory for claiming disputed islets in the East Sea, or Sea of Japan, on the same day that Japanese leaders observed “Takeshima Day.” The Japanese strategy was also protested by South Korea on Monday.Kim Il Sung Broadcasting University said Japan’s “ambition to rob” the Dokdo Islets on its online site reflects its “modern-day revisionism.” strategy.
North Korea has previously condemned Japan for making an allegation against Dokdo, which is under the administration of South Korea. In recent years, Japan’s Shimane Prefecture started observing Takeshima Day.Shimane Gov. Tatsuya Maruyama held a ceremony in the prefectural capital of Matsue to declare Dokdo part of Japan’s sovereign territory, according to the Japanese paper Sankei Shimbun on Monday. Maruyama allegedly said there is a “ongoing movement to realize the Korean occupation of Takeshima,”South Korean claims to the region have been endorsed by North Korea.
In the early 20th century, Japan annexed Dokdo during a time when it pursued dominion over the Korean Peninsula, according to the declaration on the North Korean university site. From 1910 to 1945, Japan colonized the Korean Peninsula, but ceded the region after surrendering to the United States and its allies.Kim Il Sung Broadcasting University said Japan’s claims to Dokdo reflect “a modern-day colonial extortionist act, the most vicious and reactionary ideas that can never be permitted,
“At a time of ongoing tension between Tokyo and Seoul, North Korea accuses Japan of stoking right-wing nationalist sentiment.Hirohisa Soma, deputy head of the Japanese Embassy, summoned the South Korean Foreign Ministry on Monday to protest Takeshima Day, the Korea Economic Daily reported. Seoul also lodged a complaint with Tokyo diplomats last year, when the Japanese government made a charge against Dokdo.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga did not attend Monday’s ceremony in Shimane Prefecture, but the regional event was attended by his subordinate, Cabinet official Yoshiaki Wada.Under former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, South Korea and Japan have not yet settled historical and territorial conflicts or strengthened relations. Last week, Moon said Japan should “sincerely apologize” for war crimes.