It wasn't a friendly colonization, either. Korean young men and women were captured and shipped off to be used as slaves; the Japanese military government of Korea tried to outlaw the Korean language.
There is an entire encyclopedia of the foolish things the Japanese military government of Korea did. Needless to say, there is still a lot of bad blood between the two nations about it.
Let's hope that time and peaceful cooperation will heal these wounds and bring these two nations closer together.
Yes. Let's hope. Let's also hope that Japan gets rid of her idiot politicians, like Naoto Kan, the current Prime Minister who actually is stupid enough to suggest that Japanese troops could be on Korea soil again! What a moron!
From Tehran Times:
South Korean officials on Sunday brushed off as ""unrealistic"" Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan's remarks on a possible dispatch of his country's Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to the Korean Peninsula in case of contingencies. In a meeting Friday with the families of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea, Kan was quoted as saying that his government plans to hold talks with South Korea on sending SDF to rescue the abductees in the event of a contingency in the region.
I think the wording of this article and comments by South Korea officials is spun to make them seem nicer than they really are. Most probably when they heard the mere mention of a Japanese Prime Minister even suggesting Japanese troops on Korea soil again, they probably blew their tops.
It seems these remarks caught the South Koreans off guard;
"I don't know in what context Prime Minister Kan's remarks were made," an official at the South Korean presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said, adding that they may not have come after thorough consideration.
Get that last sentence? "They (the comments) may not have come after careful consideration!?" Hee har! Duh! You think so? Kan is a buffoon.
Kim Jong Il would just love for Japanese troops to be running around South Korea. That would be the best thing that ever happened to him. He has always said that South Korea and Japan are US imperialist "tools."
Hell, even a broken clock is right twice a day.