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South Korea protests Japan teaching on island dispute

Published on Jan 28, 2014 3:33 PM
A group of disputed islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China is seen in the East China Sea, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 2012. South Korea has lodged a strong protest against Japanese decision to teach children that islands at the centre of disputes with China and South Korea belong unequivocally to Tokyo.-- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea called in the Japanese ambassador to Seoul on Tuesday to lodge a formal protest over school teaching manual revisions bolstering Tokyo's claim to a set of disputed tiny islets.

In a separate statement, the foreign ministry threatened unspecified "reciprocal countermeasures" if the revisions are not withdrawn immediately.

The Dokdo islands, known as Takeshima in Japan, are controlled by South Korea but claimed by both countries.

The Japanese education ministry has instructed teachers in junior and senior high schools to use amended manuals stating that the islands belong unequivocally to Japan.

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