Unjust dessert? Japan demands mango mousse is wiped off Korea summit dinner menu because it features a map showing disputed islands
- Japan has lodged a protest of the mango mousse dessert ‘Spring of the People’
- South Korea plans to serve the dessert at a summit between the North and South
- Japan has asked for it to be removed because it shows map of disputed islands
Ahead of an historic meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Japan has demanded that a mango mousse dessert be removed from the menu at the summit.
South Korea plans to serve the dessert at the summit dinner on Friday and it features a map of the Korean peninsula, including islands disputed with Japan.
The mousse, subtitled ‘Spring of the People’ in a publicity photo, features islands known as Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in Korea, which lie about halfway between the East Asian neighbours in the Sea of Japan, which Seoul calls the East Sea.
Japan has demanded that this mango mousse be removed from the menu at the summit between North and South Korea leaders
A Japanese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said: ‘It is extremely regrettable. We have asked that the dessert not be served.’
She added that Japan had lodged a protest over the mousse.
This isn’t the first time the issue has arisen in recent months.
A photo from the South Korean Presidential Office Cheong Wa Dae shows banquet food for the Inter-Korean Summit
Ahead of the summit, Japan has requested for a mango mousse dessert be removed. A Japanese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said: ‘It is extremely regrettable. We have asked that the dessert not be served’
Although they don’t seem to have an issue with the other food, she added that Japan had lodged a protest over the mousse
In March, Japan complained to South Korea about fans waving a flag with a similar design at a friendly women’s ice hockey match at the Winter Paralympics between the combined North and South Korean team and Sweden.
The new dispute comes as Kim Jong Un and President Moon Jae-in prepare to meet to discuss Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme on Friday.
Relations between the two Koreas and Japan have long been strained by territorial disputes and lingering resentment over Japanese colonisation of the Korean peninsula in the first half of the last century.
The Inter-Korean summit will take in the truce village of Panmunjom on April 27, on the South Korean side
Kim Jong Un and President Moon Jae-in will meet to discuss Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme
The map of the territorial islands, which has caused the tension, has been a long source of friction between Japan and South Korea
The meeting room pictured will see Kim Jong Un and President Moon meet in a historic summit
Japan in the past has also protested against the erection of statues commemorating Korean women and girls forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War Two.
Meanwhile, Seoul says that Tokyo has yet to deliver a heartfelt apology for its wartime actions.
But Moon and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have vowed to present a united front and exert pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile programmes, which it pursues in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.
The North-South summit at the border truce village of Panmunjom is set to be followed by a meeting between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump in May or June.
In March, Japan complained to South Korea about fans waving a flag with a similar design to the one on the mousse at a friendly women’s ice hockey match
The match was at the Winter Paralympics and was between the combined North and South Korean team and Sweden
The summit will be followed by a meeting between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump in May or June
A meeting room for the historic Inter-Korean Summit that is set to take place on Friday in the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea
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