Korea Plans Research Station on Dokdo (Choson Ilbo, Apr. 11, 2011)
Korea will set up an ocean science research station on Dokdo to observe waves, weather and pollution in the East Sea around the clock.
Grand National Party lawmakers on a National Assembly ad hoc committee on Dokdo and officials from the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology met on April 4 to discuss a response to new Japanese school textbooks that repeat Tokyo's claims to the islets and agreed to build the science station.
The station will be the country's third oceanic science base after Ieo Island and Gaeocho islet.
This kind of aggressive action against the country in the crisis is going to incure blame and be criticized by the international community. Even China, Hong Kong and Taiwan protesters stopped their plan to sending ships to Senkaku from this reason. Russian media wrote they should hand in Northern Territories to Japan.
This kind of aggression only provokes firm response by Japan.
Japan's Liberal Party Wants 'Dokdo Day' Enshrined in Law (Choson Ilbo, Apr. 13, 2011)
A committee in Japan's Liberal Democratic Party has asked the Japanese government to enshrine a "Takeshima Day," for the Japanese name of Korea's Dokdo, in law to assert the country's claim to the islets, the Sankei Shimbun reported Tuesday.
The call comes after Korea announced plans to set up an ocean science research station on Dokdo, which in turn was prompted by the Japanese government's approval of school textbooks that state Tokyo's claim.
It is even reported that “Korea may bolster its defense of the Dokdo islets by replacing police who now guard the territory with soldiers”. Are Korean finally ready to admit that Takeshima/Dokdo is a land in dispute? If so, this is exactly what Japan has longed for.(Update)
Finally, Japanese government lodged a official protest against the Korean aggression on 14th night.
Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto told lawmakers on Friday that Tokyo "cannot accept" Korea's plans to build a research station on Dokdo. Matsumoto said the Japanese government lodged a protest with the Korean government after confirming that Hyundai Engineering and Construction had been chosen to build the research station.And Seoul responded with considering deploying new frigates near Takeshima/Dokdo.