“The Japanese Rule of Korea” In the year of 1910, Japan used a clever way to annex Korea through King Go Gong’s son marrying a Japanese woman and was given a Japanese identity. Since the surrender of Japan after World War II, conflict had been dragged through because of Korea wondering if they really benefited the colonization of their own country; or if they should just forget about it and go on with their lives.
They thought if they did benefit, they should be doing really well after Japan’s surrender.Other people said that the rule was harsh and demanding, while others even said it was better for Korea. People need to know if it was or not. When Korea was forced to be annexed by Japan, both good and bad things came through. First of all, the trading system and economy has been complained about; yet both Japanese (Northern) and Korean farmers suffered almost equally. The Koreans worked very hard, but they did not get much of their work back to them. Then, they were working for almost no reason to help their own families. Today, in America, there is something similar happening to this.
People that are in the highest class have to pay more taxes than those of the lower classes. Page I (Also, this is a practice of Socialism. Many Japanese people in the money, they would get punished for it.
Same thing for the Koreans. The more they worked, the more they give and less for their own families. The Japanese farmers in the lower region did not have to work as hard, but in the Northern regions, most farmers suffered the exact same kind trade as the Koreans contrary to the farmers in the lower regions of Japan.
In 1910-1912, Korea had now produced 84. % of all agricultural production brought to Japan as said in the article “Korea Under Japanese Rule” page 1 . “The economic development taking place under Japanese rule, however, brought little benefit to the Koreans.
” (the writer’s opinion is shown as it says not much benefits came from the rule. ) “Virtually, all industries were owned either by Japan-based corporations or by Japanese corporations in Korea. ” and “In theory, the Koreans, as subjects of the Japanese emperor, enjoyed the same status s the Japanese; but in fact the Japanese government treated the Koreans as a conquered people. The Koreans had to speak the same language Page ii as the Japanese, and they were also pressured to change their names.
In the “History of Korea, part II”, page 1, it says: “During its occupation, Japan built up Koreans infrastructure, especially the street and railroad systems. ” (And in this article, the writer gives Japan a little bit of credit for building transportation systems. ) “However, the Japanese Korean culture from society. People were forced to adopt Japanese Ames, convert to the Shinto (native Japanese) religion, and were forbidden to use the Korean language in schools and businesses.
The Koreans were put under surveillance everywhere, and if they were caught speaking their language, or doing things from the traditional Korean culture, they were harshly punished. (Surely, Japanese people did not have this happening in their country so people cannot say that the Korean people were treated the same as the Japanese people. ) In the March First Movement, or the the Korean Independence Movement, t had peace-loving and faithful leaders holding their flag up and protesting to the Japanese.
The soldiers very much enjoyed brutally killing and imprisoning the leaders as well as innocent Koreans who page iii did not say a word. They murdered Koreans who were not protesting! Also, in the “History of Korea, part II”, page 1, it tells us: “The Independence movement on March 1, 1919, was brutally repressed, resulting in the killing of thousands, the maiming and imprisoning of tens of thousands, and destroying of hundreds of churches, temples, schools, and private homes.During World War II, Japan siphon off more and more of Koreans resources, including its people, to feed its repatriated to Korea. ” Since Japan’s surrender in World War II, conflict had been dragged through time of whether Koreans economy and people had become worse or not.
The occurrences after the annexation, clearly, had not benefited Korea at all. Such as Korea going into debt for the recovery from the colonization. The country also had Communists come in, and it became divided which led into the Korean War.