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Could Japan have kept Korea?

Could Japan have kept Korea?

Upon its annexation, Japan declared that Korea would henceforth be officially named Chōsen. This name was recognized internationally until the end of Japanese occupation. The territory was administered by the Governor-General of Chōsen based in Keijō (Seoul)….Korea under Japanese rule.

Chōsen (Korea) 朝鮮 Chōsen 조선 (朝鮮) Chosŏn
Currency Korean yen

How was Korea never colonized?

We could go deeper after Japan officially annexed Korea in 1910 and how it was exploited primarily for food for Japan and what that relationship looked like- especially Korean resistance- but in sum, European powers never colonised Korea because Japan never gave them that chance.

What if the Philippines was never colonized by Japan?

If Japan had not occupied the Philippines, it would presumably have remained a base for the American military, well positioned to strike at Japan’s lines of communications around Asia. This would have been highly detrimental to the Japanese war effort, and they would probably have lost sooner.

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Who tried colonizing Japan?

Japan’s first encounter with Western colonialism was with Portugal in the mid-sixteenth century. The Portuguese brought Catholicism and the new technology of gun and gunpowder into Japan.

Who discovered the Philippines?

Ferdinand Magellan
The Philippines were claimed in the name of Spain in 1521 by Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer sailing for Spain, who named the islands after King Philip II of Spain. They were then called Las Felipinas.

Could Korea have been colonized by Russia or Japan?

Korea probably would have been colonized by Russia. The reason why Japan went into Korea in the first place was that Japan was not ready to live in a world where either Qing or Russia owned Korea right in front of its doorstep.

Why did Japan go to war with Korea?

The reason why Japan went into Korea in the first place was that Japan was not ready to live in a world where either Qing or Russia owned Korea right in front of its doorstep. Japan wanted to have as much buffer between it and Russia, much the same way China insists having North Korea between it and SK and the US Forces stationed there.

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Why did the Japanese change names in Korea?

By the end of its occupation of Korea, Japan had even waged war on people’s family names. At first, the colonial government made it illegal for people to adopt Japanese-style names, ostensibly to prevent confusion in family registries. But in 1939, the government made changing names an official policy.

When did Korea declare independence from Japan?

1st March 1948: Some of the 80,000 Koreans gathering in 1948 to commemorate Korea’s Declaration of Independence from Japan on March 1, 1919. (Credit: Paul Popper/Popperfoto/Getty Images)