Stephen Kahn

Japan and Korea

In Hard to tell on March 25, 2011 at 3:33 pm

I am not very expert about either Japan or Korea, but I have read that there is hostility between these two countries, in part because at one time Korea was a colony of Japan, and because of accusations of war crimes committed against Koreans.

Wikipedia writes:

“Korean–Japanese relations are the relations between Korea and Japan. In a modern context, these relations pertain to three states: Japan, North Korea, and South Korea. Japan and Korea have had cultural interactions for over a thousand years and direct political contact almost as long. In modern times Japan’s relations with North Korea and South Korea have had a legacy of bitterness stemming from unresolved disputes which occurred during the Japanese Occupation of Korea from 1910 to 1945.”

I explored a little further…

Wondering if the current crisis in Japan involving the recent earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear reactor problems had any impact on these historical tensions, I checked Google news and found an interesting article in Asia Times.

(Caution: I had considerable difficulty scrolling through the article on the Asian Times website. Also, the footnotes seemed interesting to me, but several (though not all) are in Korean, a language I do not read or understand. Google wanted to add its toolbar, perhaps to help. I did not accept the offer.)

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