The Straits Times
Published on Nov 12, 2012

S. Korea to triple budget in Japan island dispute


SEOUL (AFP) - A South Korean parliamentary committee has agreed to nearly triple a special budget for promoting Seoul's sovereignty over an isolated set of islands also claimed by Japan, officials said on Monday.

The foreign affairs committee approved the 6.2 billion won (S$6.9 million) budget on Friday, a foreign ministry official told AFP.

The money - up from this year's budget of 2.3 billion won - would be used to fund state-led activities promoting the ownership of the Dokdo islands, which are known as the Takeshima islands in Japan.

Committee member Chung Moon-Hun said approval for the extra funding marked a moment of "rare, bipartisan" accord between rival lawmakers.