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S. Korea protests to Japan over Olympic map with Seoul-held islets

Hirohisa Soma, left, deputy chief of mission at the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, is pictured leaving South Korea's Foreign Ministry on June 1, 2021. (Kyodo)

SEOUL (Kyodo) -- South Korea's Foreign Ministry summoned a Japanese diplomat on Tuesday to lodge a protest over marking of a group of islets controlled by Seoul as Japanese territory on a map appearing on the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee's website.

    Lee Sang Ryeol, director general for Asia and Pacific affairs, met Hirohisa Soma, deputy chief of mission at the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, at the ministry. Lee was expected to voice deep regret over the map's depiction and demand a correction, the ministry's spokesman Choi Young Sam said in a briefing held earlier in the day.

    The disputed islets are called Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in South Korea.

    Former South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak Yon said last week the country should boycott the Tokyo Games unless Japan makes the correction of the map on the website.

    Japan, which views the islets as an inherent part of its territory, has indicated that it will not respond to the South Korea's protest over the map.

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