“For Japan, all possible means such as boycotting the Olympics should be mobilized!”
Former South Korean Prime Minister Lee Lo-Yeon said, “If Japan refuses to the end, the (South Korean) government should mobilize all possible means such as boycotting the Olympics and respond with a resolute attitude.”
Japan and South Korea are still arguing. According to Yonhap News Agency, South Korean Foreign Minister Zheng Yiyong stated at the plenary meeting of the National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs Unification Committee on the 28th that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will severely respond to the mislabeling of Dokdo (called “Takeshima” in Japan) as Japanese territory on the map of the Tokyo Olympic Games official website.
According to the report, when asked how the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will respond, Zheng Yirong said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has lodged a solemn protest to the Japanese side and emphasized that it will never tolerate any wrongdoing by the Japanese side regarding Dokdo in the future.
The report mentioned that the torch relay route map on the Tokyo Olympic Games official website marked dots above Shimane Prefecture, marking “Dokdo” as Japanese territory. In July 2019, the South Korean government protested and requested deletion, but the Japanese side has refused to correct it. Later, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee changed the route map. The Dokdo label is not visible to the naked eye in the default size, but the tiny dots marked on the Dokdo position can still be found when the screen is zoomed in. On the 24th, the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs requested Japan through the Japanese Embassy in South Korea to immediately correct the mistake of marking Dokdo as Japanese territory on the official website of the Tokyo Olympic Games. Still, the Japanese side insisted on an unacceptable position.
Japan’s Kyodo News reported that on the 27th local time, former South Korean Prime Minister Li Luoyuan also stated in response to the incident, “If Japan refuses to the end, the (South Korean) government should mobilize all possible means such as boycotting the Olympics and respond with a resolute attitude.” Former Prime Minister Ding Shijun also stated on the 26th that if Japan refuses to delete it, “it must take all measures including not participating in the Olympics.”
Dokdo is located in the eastern sea area of the Korean Peninsula, with an area of approximately 0.18 square kilometers. South Korea, North Korea, and Japan all claim sovereignty over the island. Currently, South Korea controls the island.