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The Form Of Existence And Structural Character Of Pro-Japanese Collaborators

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In the tumultuous history of modern Korea, pro-Japanese forces served as an internal source of discord and disruption within the nation. Pro-Japanese collaborators facilitated the process of imperialist aggression in Korea and the reduction of its status to that of a semi-colony and colony. They also paved the path for the establishment of two hostile regimes and contributed to the preservation of the structure of divided states. In the Korean context the term 'pro-Japanese collaborators' does not indicate those who hold positive views about Japan or are fond of Japanese culture. It applies to national traitors who engaged in anti-national activities by helping the enemy and betraying their nation. From the evaluation that pro-Japanese collaborators are the national traitors who sold out the country to Japan it is inferred that pro-Japanese collaborators stood in the anti-national line as the driving forces of national division.

Keywords: modern Korea; national traitors; pro-Japanese collaborators



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