Impact Of Imperialism In Korea

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Japanese Imperialism in Korea and Korea’s Police/Military Era "As I stood on a mountain pass, looking down on the valley leading to Inch'Con, I recalled these words of my friend. The Ôstrong hand of Japan' was certainly being shown here. I beheld in front of me village after village reduced to ashes. Destruction, thorough and complete, had fallen upon it. Not a single house was left, and not a single wall of a house." (F.A Mackenzie). Japan did many brutal and harsh things while colonizing Korea. Imperialism is when another nation forcefully takes control of another nation. In the 19th and 20th century, many European powers were trying to get colonies in countries in Africa and Asia. In order to do so, they needed to imperialize countries. Japan was the first Asian nation to defeat western countries trying to imperialize them. During the 1900’s, Japan…show more content…
A lot were especially interested in purchasing more land in Korea. Koreans started to rent land to Japanese farmers, but all land rentals were unofficial. In 1906, however, the Japanese were slowly starting to take over the Korean government. That meant that they were changing laws as well. In 1906, all of the Korean landlords became tenant farmers overnight. Inversely, all the Japanese farmers turned into landlords. This was due to the Japanese working in the government twisting the law so that Japanese farmers were at a great advantage. After that, many Japanese farmers immigrated to Korea to start farms. In 1908, the Japanese population in Korea was at 126,000. In 1911, after Japan had fully taken control of Korea, the Japanese population in Korea was at 210,000. In 1910, Japan owned about 7-8% of all the fertile land in Korea. By 1916, it had grown to about 37%. On the other hand, Korean farmers owned over 90% of fertile land and in the span of 6 years, it had dropped to 67% (Japan Focus,
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