Tokyo, Aug 25 : Japan has lodged a protest over military drills by South Korea around the Takeshima Islands in the Sea of Japan.
Japan Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Head Kenji Kanasugi called the South Korean Embassy and told a senior official that the drills are very unfortunate, and that Japan can never accept them.
The South Korean Navy said it will conduct two days of drills in the area, along with its Army and Air forces, and coast guard, QNA reported. South Korea has conducted the exercises twice a year, which are aimed at thwarting an attempt to land on the islands.
South Korea controls the islands while Japan claims them.
The Islands consists of 36 natural rocky islands located in the far east of the Korean Peninsula. South Korea calls them "Dokdo", while Japan calls them "Takeshima."