Tokyo's NHK Symphony Cancels Korea Tour Over Diplomatic Spat

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The NHK Symphony has canceled a Korean tour because of a dispute between Japan and South Korea, the Chosun Ilbo reports.

Tensions between the two countries have risen in recent months over the ownership Dokdo Islands (called the Takeshima Islands in Japan), which are claimed by both countries. South Korea also accused Japan of glorifying its World War II-era aggression in a new textbook.

The May 4 and 6 concerts by the Tokyo-based NHK Symphony, Japan's leading orchestra, were planned as part of a "Korea-Japan Friendship Year." Performances by Japanese pop and jazz musicians and the presentation of a kabuki play have also been canceled.


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