March 24, 2010 10:45
Historians from Korea and Japan have agreed that a theory long asserted in Japan about its occupation of ancient Korean kingdoms is false.
Researchers from both countries agreed to reject the term "Imnailbonbu" which justified Japan's colonization of Korea from the end of the 4th century to the 6th century A.D.
The consensus was reached in an examination of records by a joint research committee formed by Seoul and Tokyo in 2001 to narrow the gap between the two countries' understanding of history.
A four-page document compiled tackles some 48 topics from ancient to modern times.
Scholars from both nations also agreed that Japanese rice farming and metallurgy were introduced from Korea but failed to compromise on issues such as the Korea-Japan Annexation Treaty signed in 1910.
The joint committee, the second of its kind, was launched in 2007 to continue efforts that were initiated back in 2001.
Although there has not been much progress for almost a decade now, the study has helped clarify the differences and provided the basis for future discussion, which are expected to lead to the compilation of a joint history textbook.
Seoul and Tokyo formed diplomatic ties in 1965, but the difference in interpreting their shared history, especially Japan's colonial rule of Korea between 1910 and 1945, has often caused tension in bilateral relations.
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