The Japanese government says it will not accept South Korea's demand that it remove the Dokdo islets from a map of the Olympic torch relay posted on the website of the Tokyo Games where the islets are described as if they were Japanese territory.
At a press conference on Friday, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato claimed that the islets belong to Japan.
South Korea's former Prime Ministers Chung Sye-kyun and Lee Nak-yon earlier suggested that Korea should respond sternly, even possibly boycott the Olympics, if Japan refuses to correct the map.
In parliament Friday, Seoul's foreign minister Chung Eui-yong pledged that South Korea's reponse will indeed be stern.
"We will never tolerate wrongful action by Japan regarding Dokdo. We will respond as strongly as possible."
Meanwhile, concerns still linger over the Tokyo Olympics, now less than two months from opening day, as the coronavirus situation in Japan shows little sign of easing.
Japan added more than 4-thousand new cases on Thursday, bringing the total tally to around 730-thousand.
And adding to those concerns is the Indian variant, known to be more infectious than the UK variant.
Health experts in Japan, including the head of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, are warning that the Indian variant could be spreading faster than expected following a cluster infection in Tokyo this week.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.