Wed, August 22, 2012
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Japan to send its ambassador back to S. Korea

2012-08-22 06:31:56 GMT2012-08-22 14:31:56(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Japan has decided to have its ambassador to South Korea return to Seoul following his temporary withdrawal in protest over South Korean President Lee Myung Bak's visit to disputed isles in the Sea of Japan, Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba said Wednesday.

Japanese Ambassador to South Korea Masatoshi Muto returned to Tokyo earlier this month after Lee visited the South Korean-controlled isles, known as Dokdo in South Korea and claimed by Japan as Takeshima, on Aug. 10.

Diplomatic tensions between the two countries have remained high since then, with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda calling the visit "totally unacceptable."

(Agencies)

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