That’s right. In Dokdo being the first occupied Korean land in Japan’s domination of the Korean peninsula, the Japanese government denying that Dokdo is Korean land is, to Koreans, a refusal to reflect on their imperialist aggressions. Korea, who has firmly protected its independence for 5,000 years, is holding a painful history from when it became an occupied colony of Imperial Japan from 1910-1945. And Dokdo was the first victim of Imperialist Japan’s attack on the Korean peninsula.
In 1905, five years before Imperialist Japan colonized Korea, Korea was forcefully deprived of its diplomatic rights and Korea’s territory of Dokdo was transferred to Japan’s territory. Just like how Imperialist Japan took away Dokdo by force, they took the lives of countless independence activists that were protecting their own country. In addition, in fighting for Korean’s independence under Japanese rule, were thrown in prison and subjected to torture. However, Korea’s heart to recapture the country’s independence did not stop. The total number of Korean inmates Imperialist Japan had arrested in 1908 was 2,424 but in 1943, the number had risen to 23,532. On March 1st, 1919, as many as 200,000 Koreans everywhere on the peninsula became independence activists and shouted “Long live Korean independence!”
In the present 21st century, Imperialist Japan’s period of aggression has begun to move again.
The Japanese government has illegally taken Korea’s Dokdo out of Japanese elementary, middle, and high school textbooks and are promoting a distorted history about Dokdo to not only Japanese youth but to the entire international community.
Hereupon, in order to avoid a repeat of Imperialist Japan’s hurtful domination in Korean history, Koreans are becoming “21st century independence activists” and are blocking Japan’s historical distortion and making peace in Asia. Korean youth are letting the world know of Japan’s historical distortions, cautioning the international community of Imperialist Japan, and protecting peace in Asia.
Please support Korean youth independence activists’ dream to make peace in Asia! Understand the Korean people’s heart and even if it is just through cheering them on, you are also a 21st century global independence activist protecting peace in Asia.
Please refer to the site below for more information on Dokdo.
A Letter to World Friends – Why Dokdo is a Korean Territory