... It's really good to see he does his job this time.
Japan supports Seoul's patience in ship's sinking
Okada praises response to incident, sees link to isle dispute, six-way nuke talks, future FTA (17 May, 2010 : Japan Times)
As for the issue of the rocky disputed islets, which Japan calls Takeshima and South Korea calls Dokdo, Okada said he told Yu that he wants South Korea to be "cautious" and "restrained."
The two countries have long been at odds over the sovereignty of the islets as well as the name of the body of water they're in — the Sea of Japan.
Okada and Yu agreed they should make efforts to ensure the issue doesn't sour bilateral ties.More detailed from AP
( May 17. 2010 : AP)
SEOUL, May 17 (AP) - (Kyodo)—Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada asked his South Korean counterpart Yu Myung Hwan on Sunday to halt activities, including geological surveys, related to South Korea-controlled islets in the Sea of Japan, a diplomatic source told Yonhap News Agency on Monday.
"In explaining his country's position, Foreign Minister Okada asked Foreign Minister Yu to halt activities related to Dokdo," the source was quoted as saying.
"Specifically, (minister Okada) mentioned geological survey in waters around Dokdo," the source said.
In response, Yu reiterated the government's stand that Dokdo is South Korean territory historically, geographically and in terms of international law.
Okada and Yu held bilateral foreign ministerial talks following a trilateral foreign ministerial meeting with China in Gyeongju on Saturday.
The (South) Korean Ocean Research and Development Institute conducted a geological survey from April to May 10, which it has said was expected to be useful when building facilities around the islets known as Takeshima in Japan.
“오카다 외상, 유외교에 직접 요청”
(May 17, 2010 : Choson online)
Among almost all the fierce and "uncontrolled emotional" comments, I was very impressed with one of the comments from the Choson online site above.
At least one out of 24 Korean knows Korea's claim on Takeshima/Dokdo is not based on a systematic historical investigation. Korean academics need to study the historical documents not a priori/deductively, but inductively, or no one except for fanatic pro-Korean would ever be convinced.