South Korean forces began two days of expanded drills on Sunday around an island also claimed by Japan, prompting a protest from Tokyo only days after Seoul said it would scrap an intelligence-sharing pact with its neighbor amid worsening relations. Tokyo and Seoul have long been at loggerheads over the sovereignty of the group of islets called Takeshima in Japanese and Dokdo in Korean, which lie about halfway between the East Asian neighbors in the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea. The latest military drills began on Sunday and included naval, air, and army forces, as well as marines, a South Korean ministry of defense official said. The Japanese foreign ministry called the drills unacceptable and said it had lodged a protest with South Korea calling for them to end.
Source: Japan protests South Korea’s expanded military drills