September 25, 2019 10:13
Japan has officially announced it is not inviting South Korea to a fleet review next month, though it is inviting China.
Adm. Hiroshi Yamamura, the chief of staff of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force, told reporters on Tuesday the South Korean Navy will not be invited to the fleet review in Sagami Bay near Tokyo on Oct. 14.
"Both the Defense Ministry and Self-Defense Forces of Japan have decided that no proper environment has been created to invite" South Korea, Yamamura said.
The snub follows a refusal last October by South Korea to let the Japanese Navy fly its imperial rising-sun flag at an international fleet review here.
Even more contentiously, in December a Japanese spy plane flew some coat-trailing loops over a South Korean Navy ship that was rescuing a North Korean fishing boat, and Japan claims the destroyer intentionally directed its fire-control radar at the plane.
Japan invited other allies including Australia, India and the U.S., as well as China.
At the last fleet review in Japan in 2015, South Korea sent a Daejoyoung destroyer.
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