[Photo]See a larger photoLee Sang-ryul, director of the Asia-Pacific Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea, invited Minister Hirohisa Soma to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ office building in Doryeom-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul at around 11:00 am. It is believed that Director-General Lee strongly protested Japan’s repeated unjustified claims of sovereignty against Takeshima at the meeting with Minister Soma and demanded an immediate withdrawal. Minister Soma did not respond to the interviewers’ questions about the official position of the Defense of Japan and President Moon Jae-in’s visit to Japan. Prior to this, the Government of Japan held a cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga this morning, and decided on the 2021 Defense of Japan “Defense of Japan” that included the claim of Takeshima sovereignty. According to reports from the Sankei Shimbun and Nihon Keizai Shimbun in Japan, Takeshima was described as “a territory peculiar to Japan” in this white paper. He also criticized South Korea for conducting military training in the surrounding waters, including Takeshima, saying that “the negative response by the South Korean defense authorities continues.” Japan’s Cabinet decision was held 10 days before the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, where the possibility of President Moon Jae-in’s attendance was taken up, even though he knew that South Korea would strongly oppose it. Thing. It is the 17th consecutive year since 2005 when Junichiro Koizumi was in the Cabinet that he claimed Takeshima sovereignty in the Defense of Japan published annually by Japan.