Korea And Japan 's Current Relationship

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Despite Korea and Japan’s current relationship that is cordial to a certain degree, the effect of the brutal regime Japan established on Korea is yet a contentious issue. Bruce Cumings, an American historian of East Asia claims, “Koreans never saw the Japanese rule as anything but illegitimate and humiliating,” and this commonly held belief exists for a reason. During the Japanese occupation, thousands of comfort women, students, and civilians were tormented and tortured by the Japanese; however, this crucial period of time shaped Korea’s future significantly. It is therefore vital to question what exactly Korea benefited from the Japanese occupation, and consider whether the positive outcomes outweighs the negative. Was it really colonialism, or could the years be considered as a time of modernization? Perhaps it was both, or perhaps there exists a very fine line between the two beliefs. Many evidences manifest Korea’s development in various essential aspects such as education, tenancy, industrialization, and modernization in communication and transportation, but there are also evidences proving that the occupation was rather unfavorable. Although many argue that the arduous period of 35 years for the Korean civilians served rather an auspicious time for Korea’s future, when weighing both sides of the argument, Korea in truth did not benefit significantly during the occupation.

The Japan-Korea Treaty of 1910, also known as the Japan-Korea Annexation

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