South Korea's foreign ministry has issued a strong complaint against Japan's approval of school textbooks containing false claims about Korea's Dokdo islets.
The ministry summoned Japanese ambassador Koji Tomita on Tuesday to lodge a complaint.
This comes as Tokyo's education ministry approved textbooks that repeat Japan's false claim the islets are Japanese territory, and are illegally occupied by South Korea.
Of the 17 middle school textbooks that were newly authorized, 14 on history, civics and geography contain such false claims.
Seoul's foreign ministry issued a statement Tuesday that expressed the government's strong protests over Tokyo's latest decision, explaining the textbooks distort, reduce and omit clear historical facts and contain unjust claims.
It also called for immediate corrections to be made.
The ministry also reiterated that Dokdo is clearly South Korea's inherent territory historically, geographically and by international law.
The South Korean education ministry also issued a statement condemning Japan, saying it poses a serious threat to the future of Northeast Asia.
With Japan's latest textbook approval which has prompted Seoul to once again urge Tokyo to look squarely at history and show responsibility in educating future generations, bilateral relations between the two neighbors could deteriorate even further.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.