Japan’s ruling Democratic Party is seeking a parliamentary resolution criticizing President Lee Myung-bak's recent visit to Dokdo and call on Japan's Emperor Akihito to apologize for the occupation of Korea.
The party on Monday drafted a rough version of the resolution describing Lee's call for an apology from Akihito as "extremely rude and unacceptable" and began talking to other political parties to ratify it, the Sankei Shimbun reported. The DP plans to hold a joint meeting this week with lawmakers in both houses of the Diet to unanimously ratify the resolution.
A Japanese Cabinet meeting on Tuesday is to discuss Dokdo and assess response proposals to Lee's visit. Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura on Monday said the responses will "be discussed, but no decisions will be made immediately."
The Japanese government last week decided to take its dubious claim to Korea's easternmost islets to the International Court of Justice and cancelled a scheduled finance ministers' meeting with Korea.
Tokyo is considering halting any bilateral talks with Seoul involving officials with the rank of vice minister or higher, and designating a special day marking its claim to Dokdo. It also wants to set up a separate government agency to deal specifically with the Dokdo issue and dispatch maritime survey vessels to waters near the islets.