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Protesters shout slogans at a march denouncing South Korea and China in Tokyo on Saturday. About 70 demonstrators gathered to denounce South Korean President Lee Myung-bak’s call for Emperor Akihito to go beyond expressing “deepest regrets” for Japan’s 1910-1945 colonial rule last month. They also criticized China which sent six Chinese surveillance ships yesterday to waters near disputed islands, known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese, amid growing tension between Asia’s two biggest economies over the disputed islands.  

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Japanese activist snubs Seoul's summons over provocative 'Dokdo' post

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SEOUL, Sept. 15 (Yonhap) -- A Japanese right-wing activist said Saturday he would not honor summons by Seoul prosecutors for him to appear for questioning over his alleged provocative act over South Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo.

   Nobuyuki Suzuki, known as a conservative activist, was sued by a group of former South Korean sex slaves for Japan's wartime soldiers for defamation in connection with a controversial wooden post he tied to a symbolic statue of a sex slave in front of the Japanese Embassy in downtown Seoul in June.

   The wooden post had a sign that read, "Dokdo is Japanese territory."

   The statue of a young girl was set up in December by a group of former sex slaves and their supporters to symbolize Korean women who were forced to serve as prostitutes at Japanese military brothels during World War II.

   South Korean prosecutors earlier this month issued summons for the Japanese activist to appear for questioning on Sept. 18.

In an Internet posting Saturday, Suzuki denied any wrongdoing in connection with the case so he would not respond to the South Korean summons.

   "I'm busy for another appointment (on the day Seoul's prosecution designated for questioning), and I don't think I committed any crimes," Suzuki said in a message posted on his blog.

   He even ridiculed the Korean summons, saying that he had sent a similar wooden Dokdo stake to the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office.

   The prosecutors' office in charge of the case was not immediately available for confirmation.

   Historians say up to 200,000 women, mostly Koreans, were forced into sexual slavery for Japan's World War II soldiers.

   South Korea is pressing Japan to pay compensation and extend a formal apology to the victims but Tokyo refuses to do so, saying the matter was settled by a 1965 treaty that normalized relations between the two countries.

   Tensions run high between the two neighbors over Tokyo's repeated claim to the South Korean islets and its leaders' frequent denial of Japan committing any wartime atrocities, including the sexual slavery of Korean women, euphemistically called "comfort women."
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An officer at a Seoul police station holds up wooden posts while announcing the outcomes of a probe into their illegal setup by Japanese activists on Aug. 28, 2012. Two Japanese men in their 60s and 30s secretly set up the posts claiming, "Dokdo is a Japanese territory" in front of the entrances of the Dokdo Research Institute and the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan in Seoul on April 22, according to the officer. Dokdo is South Korea's easternmost islets in the East Sea between South Korea and Japan, and some 200,000 Asian women, mostly Koreans, were forcibly taken by the Japanese military into sexual slavery during World War II. (Yonhap file photo)





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Japan Puts More Pressure on South Korea
August 30, 2012, 7:24 a.m. ET

TOKYO—Japan's foreign minister ratcheted up pressure on South Korea with tough rhetoric and hints of further countermeasures, after Seoul Thursday formally rejected Tokyo's request to turn to an international court to settle their island dispute that has stoked bilateral territorial tensions to the highest level in decades.

The U.S. military is pivoting to East Asia as territorial flare-ups spread across the region. The WSJ's Deborah Kan speaks with defense expert Dr. John Lee about the increasing U.S. presence and its affect on China and its neighbors.
.In an interview, Koichiro Gemba, Japan's top diplomat, said Tokyo is "considering various options" to further assert its sovereignty over a group of uninhabited islets controlled by South Korea. "We will take comprehensive steps within the realm of the territorial issue," he said. "We will study South Korea's response in deciding how far we will go in the areas of culture, human exchange, and economy."

.Mr. Gemba's hard line over the dispute with South Korea contrasted with more restrained rhetoric toward a separate continuing spat with China, where he vowed to keep tensions under control to boost economic ties.
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Japan, Russia agree to renew talks on islands

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Sept. 8, 2012, 10:13 a.m. EDT
After years of diplomatic stalemate and despite lingering mistrust among the public, Japan and Russia agreed Saturday to give one more chance to decades-long negotiations aimed at signing a peace treaty to formally end World War II hostilities.
President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda held their second meeting this year in this Far East city of Russia, agreeing to start vice ministerial talks in autumn on disputes over what Japan considers Russian-occupied islands off northern Japan.

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Incredible that Japan still is technically at war with Russia up to now, and that WWII has not yet ended between the two countries!  Well, its violation of China's sovereingty anew and its reneging on its terms of surrender in WWII ceding Taiwan and its islets back to China suggests Japan has just re-opened WWII with China (and with Korea over Dokdo island which is just outside of South Korea).  Putin should hang on to the four northern islands, because at the rate the new Japanese government is going, it is about to lead its country into a second and permanent defeat of WWII.

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Incredible that Japan still is technically at war with Russia up to now, and that WWII has not yet e ...


Yes, Russia and Japan still have not signed a peace treaty from the end of World War II.

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