Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the participation in the infrastructure building work in the Northern Territories by an enterprise of a third country

May 30, 2012

  1. It has become evident that the ROK enterprise Keumto Construction Co., Ltd., participates in work to build port infrastructure in Nayoka port on Etorofu Island.

  2. Any act by an enterprise of a third country in the Northern Territories which can be interpreted as following the Russian jurisdiction, such as economic activities, is not compatible with Japan’s position concerning the Northern Territories.

  3. We express our strong regret over the activities of this Korean enterprise, which run counter to the position of Japan.

Keumto Construction Co., Ltd., is a construction company located at 16-24 Hyuksin-ro, Iseo-myeon, Wanju-gun, Jeollabuk-do, Republic of Korea. Its president is Kim Dae-Jung.

    • (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)