Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has made it clear that Tokyo continues to claim Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo.
Japan's latest diplomatic bluebook states that the country regards the islets as Japanese territory under international law and illegally occupied by Korean troops.
Soon after Hatoyama came into office in September last year, he visited Korea and vowed to "face up" to his country's past mistakes, but his government appears determined carry on the position of his Liberal Democratic predecessors that the issue is purely a territorial spat, rather than an issue that should be seen from the perspective of colonial domination.
Hatoyama said on Wednesday, "We remain unchanged in terms of our view on Takeshima" -- the Japanese name for Dokdo. Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirofumi Hirano added that those are the views of the entire Hatoyama administration.