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
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