History of Koreans in Japan

The Trump-Kim summit drew Singaporeans' eyes to Korea, but the legacy of the wars that shaped it lives on beyond the Korean peninsula. In this feature, The Straits Times investigates "another" Korea - that of Japan, where 480,000 Koreans and their descendants live, the result of Japan's 35-year colonisation. Despite decades of assimilation, they are still treated as outsiders by the Japanese. Indeed, many Koreans in Japan still dream of a reunified Korea - and of perhaps returning to a home they have never been to.

Much of the history of Koreans in Japan has been written by war, and international relations have shaped much of their identity as a minority.

1910: Japanese colonial rule of Korea begins. Koreans begin moving to Japan to escape economic hardship.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 01, 2018, with the headline 'History Of Koreans In Japan'. Print Edition | Subscribe