Extra! Korea

March 23, 2010

(Updated) Slowly, painfully, Korean and Japanese scholars work on joint history textbook

Filed under: history — extrakorea @ 1:32 pm

A committee comprised of 17 historians each from South Korea and Japan have recently convened a 30-month study. Their purpose is to hammer out a history of their two countries that they can agree with. As you might imagine, the going is slow and painful. They failed to find consensus on 17 issues. However, they were able to agree upon one point:

The most tangible result of the study was that both South Korean and Japanese researchers agreed to reject the existence of a Japanese base, previously known as “Imnailbonbu,” on the Korean Peninsula from the 4th-6th century, a claim often used to justify Japan’s colonization of Korea in the early 20th century.

“Such a claim has been around since the final years of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) and it was sometimes described in some of Japan’s history textbooks,” Cho told the press conference.

“We (South Korean researchers) raised the need to review the claim that there existed a foreign territory on the Korean Peninsula and that foreigners were able to undertake massive military activities here. The researchers of both countries came to agree that the term ‘Imnailbonbu’ should not be used any more,” he said.

Edit/Update:

The Joongang Daily now has an article. There isn’t much new information, though.

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