Japan to Invite Foreign Correspondent in Land Grab Campaign

The Japanese government will invite foreign correspondents early next year to an event publicizing Tokyo's flimsy colonial claim to Korea's Dokdo islets.

The campaign is part of the Japanese government's lurch to the far right.

The Japanese Foreign Ministry plans to invite over 100 foreign correspondents stationed in Seoul and Beijing and take them on a tour of Shimane and Okinawa Prefectures by March next year, according to Kyodo News on Sunday.

The aim is to impress on them the Abe administration's claim that the Dokdo and Senkaku or Diaoyu Islands belong to Japan.

Shimane Prefecture was briefly in charge of Dokdo in colonial times, and Okinawa administers the Senkaku Islands.

The ministry has allocated 200 million yen for the program in the budget for fiscal 2013, which runs from April 2013 to March 2014. It will feature lectures by sympathetic historians.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 30, 2013 12:25 KST