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Japan stages rally over disputed islands with South Korea

Published on Feb 22, 2014 1:37 PM
Demonstrators hold placards and shout slogans during a protest over the disputed Dokdo islands in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on February 22, 2014. Japan is holding its annual 'Takeshima Day' commemorating the Takeshima Islands, currently controlled by South Korea which refers to them as the 'Dokdo' islands. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan held an annual rally on Saturday marking Tokyo's claim to a set of tiny islands controlled by South Korea, further fuelling a long-standing territorial row between the neighbours.

Some 500 people gathered at the event in Shimane prefecture in western Japan, including a high-ranking Japanese government official as well as local and national politicians, organisers said.

Tokyo refers to the islands in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) as Takeshima, while they are known as Dokdo in South Korea.

Mr Yoshitami Kameoka, a parliamentary secretary in Tokyo's Cabinet Office, attended the event representing the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the organisers said.

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