It's J-gov that pulled a stunt, not Korean Air. Actually, this kind of 'commemorating' or demonstration flights over the islands, Dokdo (also known as Takeshima in Japan) have been run sometimes for more than several tens of years. But very strangely enough this is the first time that J-gov decided to make all the fuss over it. The airspace above the island belongs to Korean ADIZ (air defense identification zone) so that any Korean airliners can fly over them without any permission from other countries, including Japan.
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