April 26, 2018 11:26
The Japanese government has protested against the South Korean government's decision to serve a dessert at the inter-Korean summit with a map of the Korean Peninsula that includes the Dokdo islets.
According to Japanese media on Wednesday, Kenji Kanasugi, the Japanese Foreign Ministry's director-general for Asian and Oceania affairs, called in Lee Hee-seop, a diplomat at the South Korean Embassy in Tokyo, to lodge a protest.
Japan insists on a flimsy colonial-era claim to the Korean islets that has poisoned relations for years.
Tokyo's beady eye spotted the detail when Cheong Wa Dae unveiled the menu, and it was sufficiently outraged for the Japanese Embassy in Seoul also to lodge a complaint with the Foreign Ministry here.
Kanasugi in a baffling comment said the map must not be allowed during the summit because the meeting is "political" in nature.
Most major Japanese media reported the pudding scandal.
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