Japan protests planned dessert flag at inter-Korea summit dinner
Jiji -- Apr 26
The Japanese government lodged a protest against South Korea on Wednesday over the use of a flag showing disputed Sea of Japan islands on a dessert planned for the inter-Korean summit on Friday.

Seoul plans to serve the dessert at a dinner after the summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to be held at a South Korean facility in the border village of Panmunjom.

The dessert is set to carry the Korean unification flag showing the Korean Peninsula and the Japanese-claimed islets of Takeshima islands effectively controlled by South Korea, which calls them Dokdo.

Kenji Kanasugi, director-general of the Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, made the protest in a meeting with a senior official at the South Korean embassy in Tokyo.

Japan cannot tolerate the illustration of Takeshima on the flag, given its sovereignty over the islands, Kanasugi said, requesting South Korea not to use the flag on the dessert.

27日に迫った韓国と北朝鮮の首脳会談に向けて、当日の晩餐(ばんさん)会のメニューが発表されました。平壌名物の冷麺が盛り込まれるなど、南北融和を前面に押し出す料理内容となっています。
News sources: Jiji, ANNnewsCH
Mar 20
The head of the Japanese Olympic Committee has announced he will step down when his term expires in June. (NHK)
Mar 20
The average price of all types of land in urban areas rose last year for the first time since 1992 as the growing influx of foreign tourists rejuvenated real estate investment, the government said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Mar 19
Japan's space probe operating on an asteroid some 340 million kilometers from Earth is preparing to study the asteroid's interior by creating an artificial impact crater. (NHK)
Mar 19
Japanese rock singer Yuya Uchida died of pneumonia on Sunday. He was 79 years old. (NHK)
Mar 19
A team of investigators into how a Japanese real-estate leasing company built substandard apartment buildings has found building materials were improperly substituted on the orders of the company's founder. (NHK)
Mar 19
As part of an effort to streamline markets and attract more investors, the Tokyo Stock Exchange may demote about a third of its largest listed companies and cut down the bourses it operates to three from four, according to media reports. (Japan Times)
Mar 19
The government will soon start discussing how to achieve a stable Imperial succession, including the creation of female branches of the royal family. (Japan Times)
Mar 17
An amusement park themed on the world of Finland's Moomin fairytale characters opened Saturday in Saitama Prefecture near Tokyo, aiming to attract 1 million visitors a year. (Kyodo)
Mar 16
Trains in and around the Japanese capital will run later into the night during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to allow spectators to get home easily from events. (NHK)
Mar 16
The Tokyo District Court has sentenced the former head of a digital currency exchange to 30 months in prison suspended for four years for altering data in a Bitcoin account. (NHK)