June 10, 2019 12:39
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party has pledged to set up a think tank that will push Tokyo's flimsy territorial claim to Korea's Dokdo islets ahead of elections for the upper house of the Diet next month.
The Mainichi Shimbun daily on Saturday said the LDP pledged to "strengthen" international publicity campaigns for the Dokdo claim as well as its dispute with China over the Senkaku or Diaoyutai islands by establishing the research institute.
Meanwhile, diplomatic sources believe the Japanese ambassador to Korea may be replaced this summer. One said the current envoy has been in his post for some time but the problems plaguing diplomatic relations with Seoul have only gotten worse.
Three diplomats are reportedly being considered for the job, including Takeo Mori and Kazuyuki Yamazaki, who are deputy foreign ministers.
China may also appoint a new envoy to Seoul amid rising tension over the U.S.-led boycott of Huawei, putting Korea in a deeper bind.
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