Differences Between South Korea And Japan

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In Asia, South Korea and Japan always share same political culture, economic interests, international security environment and it seems that they should be each other’s closest allies. However, in reality, relations between the two countries are always troubled and contentious. In this paper, I would show some common factors between South Korea and Japan, and then explain what is holding Korea back from fostering closer relations with japan and why after seven decades the Korean establishment is still at odds with Japan. When things turn to politics, it is obviously that South Korea and Japan always share lots of same things such as same political culture, economic interests, and international security environment. Firstly, I would like to show the same political culture between the two countries. After the Cold War, culture, as one kind of national power, is more and more followed by scholars. As we all know, many aspects constitute the national power, but all of them could be divided into two parts: the physical power and the mental power. Undoubtedly, the main part of the spirit of a nation is its culture. And then according to Ji Zhang, the culture in a nation could be divided into five parts: political philosophy, ideology, political culture, national mental, and religion.(Zhang) Political culture, as an important constituent element of culture, reflects the soft power and political structure of the state system. Policies and political system are always influenced by
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