Japan Gathers Evidence Supporting Its Flimsy Claim to Dokdo

The Japanese government intends to gather records and personal accounts supporting its territorial claim to Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo and post them on the Internet, the Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun reported Sunday.

Tokyo has commissioned a research firm to gather personal accounts from residents of the Oki Islands in Shimane Prefecture who used to fish in waters off Dokdo during Japan's brutal colonization of the Korean peninsula from 1910 to 1945. The company reportedly interviewed seven residents of the islands late last month.

The Japanese government also plans to post on the Internet fishing records, photos of Dokdo and other documents obtained by the prefecture.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jul. 14, 2014 10:36 KST