The relationship between South Korea and Japan is scarred with wounds that never heal arising from the 19th century. The question is why the lingering hate between two countries?

Early this month, a person in South Korea set himself on fire as a way of getting more attention to the abuses of the Japanese soldiers towards the women of South Korea during the WWII. It is the most recent action of demonstration that illustrates the lingering stress between both nations. South Korea maintains Japan is not really carrying out enough to recognize as well as apologize for the crimes acted by the Japanese men in WWII. Read more

Why Does South Korea Hate Japan?

Prior to that, Japan primarily took over Korea, commencing back in the Nineteenth century. Note that during this time, Japan laid the building blocks to deliver Korea to the modern day. Korea grew to become a colony of Japan from 1910 to 1945. It was during this time in WWII that terrible violations of the human rights were committed towards South Koreans, specifically women. Japan military pushed Korean as well as Chinese females directly into sex captivity to function at brothels visited by Japanese troops.

These Comfort women were frequently abducted, pushed to do the job, and experienced distressing traumas till the war concluded. It was not till the Nineties when Japan frontrunners truly started recognizing this part in history. To this day, this issue is still as controversial as it was several years ago in the Japanese community and there’s an increasing motion in Japanese national politics that are growing sick and tired of apologizing.

Furthermore, you will find local conflicts which have included in the strain. Both nations are claiming a string of islands, abundant with natural gas build up and fishing supplies. Japan describes this entire body water as the Sea of Japan, although Korea would rather call this the East Sea. The issue is basically idling.

Studies reveal that in the middle of the stress is actually a typical animosity toward Japan constantly popping out at the top. Much like politics and business can’t mix, the political side of Japan and Korea may somehow solve the issue. But it’s the people of Korea, quite possibly in 2015, the results of colonialism in people’s thoughts continue to weigh up really hefty within Korea and no political drama can somehow resolve the issue any time soon.