Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Laodicean Politics in Japan-XI
On 29 August 2010, it was a century that Japan annexed Korea. Under the annexation treaty, the Korean emperor handed sovereign power of his country to the Japanese emperor “completely and forever.” As a result, Korea became a colony of Japan until 1945 when Japan was defeated in WWII. During the Japanese colonization, Korean hangul was prohibited, and Japanized names were given to the Koreans. In a August 10 Statement by Kan, the Japanese prime minister apologized for Japan’s colonial rule of the peninsula from 1910 to 1945, but he did not go as far as Korean people expected. His statement made no reference that the 1901 Korean Annexation Treaty was voided because it was concluded by force. (Japan Times 23 August 2010).