Tradition, Sports activities and Tourism Minister Hwang Hee seems to be on the map of the route of the Tokyo Olympic torch relay that features the East Sea islets of Dokdo as Japanese territory throughout a parliamentary committee’s basic assembly held on the Nationwide Meeting in Seoul on Monday. South Korea has been in efficient management of Dokdo since its liberation from Japan’s 1910-45 colonial rule. (Yonhap)
Tradition, Sports activities and Tourism Minister Hwang Hee made the comment throughout a parliamentary committee’s basic assembly held Monday night, implying that the ministry just isn’t contemplating boycotting the upcoming Olympics, solely a month away.
Requires such a measure emerged among the many public and a gaggle of lawmakers, largely from the ruling Democratic Social gathering (DP), after Dokdo appeared on a map exhibiting the route of the Tokyo Olympic torch relay posted on the official Tokyo Olympic web site in an obvious territorial declare to the South Korean islets by the Japanese authorities.
“The ministry is trying on the matter with a perspective that politics and sports activities ought to be saved aside,” Hwang mentioned in response to Rep. Lee Yong from the principle opposition Individuals Energy Social gathering on his view of the boycott demand.
Hwang additionally agreed with Lee’s assertion that the athletes’ opinions ought to be valued probably the most when figuring out participation within the world sporting occasion.
On DP Rep. Lim O-kyeong’s request that the nation elevate the problem in cooperation with Russia — one other nation in territorial dispute with Japan — the tradition minister reaffirmed his stance on separating politics and sports activities.
“The overseas ministry ought to resolve whether or not it’ll actively cope with the matter,” he added.
Dokdo has lengthy been a recurring supply of stress between South Korea and Japan, as Tokyo continues to put declare to the islets in its coverage papers, public statements and faculty textbooks.
Seoul has been in efficient management of Dokdo, with a small police detachment, since its liberation from Japan’s 1910-45 colonial rule. (Yonhap)