Today, the Shimane Prefectural Government marked its fifth "Takeshima Day(竹島の日)", since its assembly approved an ordinance establishing Takeshima Day in 2005. To my surprise, 10 members of National Diet participated in the ceremony, held in Matsue today, according to Sankei Shimbun. Though none of the official of Ministry of Foreign Affairs nor the Diet member of the ruling party joined, it's a great progress considering it was only 3 of them last year.
2010 - Feb. 22 - "Fifth Takeshima Day ceremony was held in Matsue (５度目の「竹島の日」 松江で記念式典)" (Sankei Shimbun, Japanese) cache
(picture left, by Kimura from Sankei)
Oh, the Korean protesters came to Matsue and had a outdoor protests as always. You can see the usual member in the protest group. Check the video below out. But it looks Korean got less interested in Shimane's Takeshima Day gradually every year in the last 5 years.
2010 - Feb. 22 - Korean protested with the banner(韓国人が横断幕で抗議)"(Kyodo, Japanese)
According to Asahi Shimbun, 90 % of public schools (primary & Junior high schools) in Shimane are going to have the special class for teaching Takeshima this year.
2010 - Feb. 22 - "Takeshima class" expands to more than 90% schools (広がる「竹島」授業／小中学校９割超で実施)" cache