While DPJ lawmakers may have been a first-time surprise a small group of about 10 people who traveled from South Korea had frequented the event before. Mr. Komuro said a group about the same size was present last year as well but was unsure whether it was the same individuals.
"I don't think they were here to support [Japan's territorial claims]. But they didn't protest," said Mr. Komuro. They sat in their seats and listened quietly."
S. Koreans Attend Takeshima Day Ceremonies
According to an article in the Wall Street Journal entitled "DPJ Attends 'Takeshima Day' for the First Time," a group of about ten South Koreans "quietly" attended Takeshima Day ceremonies.