Thirty-three of Japan's 47 local assemblies have voted in favor of Tokyo pressing its colonial claim to Korea's Dokdo islets. Kyodo News on Monday said 35 local assemblies also voted to protect the Senkaku or Diaoyu Islands, which are disputed between Japan and China.
Shimane Prefecture, which nominally administered the islets during the colonial occupation, earlier declared a holiday marking the claim to Dokdo, and has condemned President Lee Myung-bak's visit to Dokdo in August as "reckless."
Niigata Prefecture demanded that Lee apologize for in turn demanding that the Japanese emperor apologize for the occupation of Korea if he wishes to visit Seoul.
Thirty-five assemblies called on the central government in Tokyo to ensure that there will be no repeat of the landing on Senkaku earlier this year by Chinese activists, and to enact necessary laws to protect Japanese territorial sovereignty.