Fri, August 24, 2012
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Japan receives PM's letter to Lee returned from S. Korea

2012-08-24 05:49:56 GMT2012-08-24 13:49:56(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Japan will not resend a letter from Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to South Korean President Lee Myung Bak protesting Lee's visit to an island at the center of a territorial row, Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba said Friday.

Japan eventually received the letter from South Korea in the morning by mail, a Foreign Ministry official said. In the letter, Noda described as regrettable Lee's visit to one of the disputed isles, known as Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in South Korea, and his call for Emperor Akihito to apologize for Japan's past colonial rule.

Japan on Thursday refused to accept the letter when a senior official of the South Korean Embassy in Tokyo visited the ministry to hand it back.

(Agencies)

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