Japan is not popular on the rocky uninhabitable island front these days. Hong Kong activists were detained by Japanese officials for landing on the Diaoyu Islands, which are claimed by Japan, Taiwan and China.
Meanwhile a swim relay from the Korean mainland to Dokdo was organized by pop singer Kim Jang-hoon. This follows the South Korean president Lee Myung-bak making an unprecedented and provocative visit to the islands. Called Takeshima by Japan and known as the Liancourt Rocks in English, Dokdo has been a longtime thorn in Korea-Japan relations.