Govt eyes intl trial to show ownership of Takeshima isles
News On Japan via Yomiuri -- Aug 13
The government's announcement that it may file a lawsuit at the International Court of Justice over the sovereignty of the Takeshima islands is aimed at demonstrating the legitimacy of Japan's ownership to the international community.
The government began considering referring the matter to the ICJ on Saturday, in response to South Korean President Lee Myung Bak's visit to the Shimane Prefecture islands, the first by a South Korean leader.
Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba told reporters at the Foreign Ministry on Saturday, "Of course, South Korea would have to accept [the international lawsuit]."
Gemba was confident about a possible trial, saying Japan would surely come out victorious in an international court battle.
Regarding the reason for the lawsuit, Gemba said, "To make Japan's arguments on the issue as clear as possible, its stance must be presented to the international community."
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