Seoul's foreign ministry on Tuesday strongly protested to the Japanese government about the approval of Japanese high school textbooks that contain unilateral claims to South Korean territory and called for an immediate correction.
The ministry made it clear once again that the Dokdo Islets belong to South Korea historically, geographically and under international law.
It also called for Japan to educate its young people in accordance with the same apologetic manner that Japan expressed regarding its system of wartime sexual slavery so that there can be a constructive and future-oriented relationship.
Seoul's foreign ministry summoned a senior official at the Japanese Embassy in Seoul to lodge a complaint.
Japan's education ministry on Tuesday approved 296 textbooks which are to be used in high schools, including 30 books on social studies such as history, geography and civics.
Reports say some textbooks either claim that South Korea's Dokdo Islets belong to Japan or that they are illegally occupied by South Korea.
According to Japan's Kyodo News, one publisher was asked by the Japanese government to delete the description that Dokdo was controlled in effect by South Korea.
These claims are in line with the Japanese government's education guidelines on Dokdo, approved in 2018.
On the issue of Japan's wartime sexual enslavement of Korean women and girls, reports say the textbook's descriptions of historical facts have been minimized, and some have omitted the coercive nature of Japan's so-called "comfort women" system.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.