69 Japanese Change Domicile to Dokdo Islets

Sixty nine Japanese citizens have changed their domicile to Korea's Dokdo Islets, over which Tokyo claims sovereignty, the Kyodo news agency reported Sunday. As of January, 520 Japanese citizens had officially moved their addresses to territories under dispute with regional neighbors such as Russia's Kuril Islands, the Senkaku Islands, or Diaoyu Islands in Chinese, or the Okinotorishima atoll.

Kyodo said the report was based on data from the government offices dealing with those regions.

In addition to the 69 Japanese citizens who pretend they live in Dokdo, which Japan claims falls under the jurisdiction of Oki Island in Shimane Prefecture, 175 Japanese have also changed their domiciles to Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai islands, administered by Nemuro city in Hokkaido Prefecture. Some 262 Japanese moved their domicile to the Okinotorishima atoll, administered by the Ogasawara islands, and some 20 to the Senkaku islands administered by Okinawa Prefecture.

Domicile addresses in Japan can be changed to any place in the country regardless of present address as long as certain documents are submitted. Those who moved their domicile to the disputed territories said they did so in "silent protest" against the slow pace of resolving the disputes, according to Kyodo. At present, around 1,000 Korean citizens have their domicile in Dokdo, Kyodo reported.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 21, 2011 13:34 KST