The Straits Times
Published on Sep 11, 2012

S. Korea, Japan set for islands propaganda war


SEOUL (AFP) - Just days after United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged South Korea and Japan to cool tensions over a territorial island dispute, both countries geared up on Tuesday for a propaganda war over the issue.

Their respective foreign ministries both unveiled requests for hefty budget increases to support efforts to publicise their respective claims - at home and abroad - to islands known as Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese.

"We've asked the National Assembly to approve five billion won (S$5.4 million) for projects aimed at strengthening our sovereignty over Dokdo," a South Korean ministry spokesman said.

The increase, if approved, would more than double the existing budget.