Officials of a city in northern South Korea collected 5 million won (about $4,560) in donations for victims of Japan’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami but used the money for a scholarship instead due to a row over Japanese school texts, Yonhap News Agency said.The officials of Yangju city in Gyeonggi Province were angered by the Japanese government’s approval of secondary school textbooks that described a pair of South Korean-held islets in the Sea of Japan as Japanese territory, Yonhap said.
South Korea controls the disputed islets, known as Dokdo to South Koreans and Takeshima to the Japanese.
Yonhap said city officials in late March donated between 5,000 and 10,000 won each for the Japanese quake victims.
On Wednesday, the city sent the money to a local scholarship foundation after news reports that the Japanese education ministry, in keeping with practices in previous years, had approved new school textbooks that describe Takeshima as Japanese territory.
The South Korean public had been enthusiastic in making donations to Japanese quake victims, but the drive has cooled off in the wake of the textbook controversy.
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