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Nobuyuki Abe

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Nobuyuki Abe

Nobuyuki Abe was born in Kanazawa cityIshikawa Prefecture where he attended Tokyo Metropolitan Hibiya High School. In his student life, Abe voluntarily served in the military during the First Sino-Japanese War.

It’s after graduating from the Imperial Japanese Army Academy when he was appointed as a second lieutenant and later became lieutenant colonel. He became the military service affairs’ director in the Ministry of Army and later was endorsed to become the lieutenant general. On 10th August 1928, he served as Military Affairs Bureau’s chief and as the Army’s Vice Minister.

It was on January 1932, when he became the commander of the Japanese Taiwan Army. Later he became the general.  On 30th of August 1939, he became the Prime Minister who reigned for four months. At the same time he held the Foreign Minister’s portfolio. Due to Abe’s lack of support from both the political parties and the military, Mitsumasa Yonai successfully replaced him in January 1940.

Abe later was sent to China to give the Japanese-supported regime advice as a special diplomat. When he returned to Japan, he agreed to take the Imperial Rule Assistance Political Association’s presidential position. In 1944 and 1945 is when he became the 10th Korea’s Governor-General.

Emperor Showa

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emperor showa

Emperor Showa, also known as Hirohito, was born on April 29, 1901, in Japan.

He started his reign on December 25, 1926. He was the 124th Emperor of Japan. He got his name, Showa in 1990 after his death.

Emperors of Japan were renamed after their death. He became an Emperor after his father died in 1921 which is in accordance with Japan’s order of succession.

Hirohito was the emperor during the Second-Sino-Japan war. He was to be an absolute monarch, but Prime Minister Hideki Tojo and military held most of the powers in Japan.

After Japan’s defeat in the Second Sino-Japanese War, the emperor became a symbol of status/national unity.

Out of all the emperors in Japan, he was the first emperor to travel to Europe in 1971 and the United States of America in 1975.

In other words, he was the first emperor of Japan to travel outside his country.

Emperor show died in 1989 of small intestine cancer, and his son Akihito took over from him.

His state funeral got worldwide attention and was attended by World leaders. Prominent World leaders that attended his funeral included U.S President George H. W Bush, French President Francois Mitterrand, and the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Goryeo Dynasty

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Goryeo dynasty

If you have been following Korean history very well, you will notice that the Goryeo Dynasty is the last Buddhist Dynasty.

The Goryeo Dynasty established in 918 ruled Korea until the invasion of the Joseon Dynasty in 1932. The name Goryeo” came from ” Goguryeo.”

Internal Wars and Invasion

Like any dynasty, Goryeo faced internal disorders and invasion which threatened its existence.

For instance, in 993, the Khitan waged war with Goryeo in the Northwest border. The fight only came to an end when Goryeo agreed to terminate its alliance with Song China, and Khitan ceded the territory in the East of River Yale.

But things did not end there.

The  Mongol Yuan Dynasty also invaded Goryeo when Gongmin took power.

Later in the mid-fourteenth century, The Mongol Yuan Dynasty began to collapse in 1368. Gongmin who was the ruler by then tried to reform the Gorgeo government.

Gongmin was defeated in war by General Yi in 1392. The loss of the Gongmin made General Yi establish the commonly known Joseon Dynasty in the story. That was how the Goryeo fell apart.

Bottom Line About the Goryeo Dynasty

If you have wanted to know more about how the Goryeo Dynasty fell apart, I hope this article has enlightened you so much.

How North And South Korea Came Into Existence

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How North And South Korea Came Into Existence

Following the end of the colonial rule by the Japanese Empire, Korea split into two; the North and the South.  This was after the conclusion of World War II in 1945.  At the time, the US and the Soviet Union occupied a section of the island. The border of these zones was located along the 38Th parallel.

 

How North And South Korea Came Into Existence

However, the US and the Soviet Union were unable to reach an agreement over unifying the North and the South. This was mainly due to the looming Cold War between the two superpowers. In 194, South Korea, which was occupied by the US, conducted its first post-war elections. The elections were overseen by the United Nations. Syngman Rhee, an outspoken anti-communist, emerged victorious in the polls. On the other hand, Joseph Stalin, the then ruler of the Soviet Union, appointed Kim Il-sung as the leader of North Korea.

The appointment of the two leaders for the North and South resulted in the formation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea, respectively. The South was backed by the US, while the North was supported by the Soviet Union. Both governments claimed the authority over the entire Korean peninsula. As a result, the Korean War started, lasting for three years until 1953.  Due to the absence of an outright winner, the two countries established the Korean Demilitarized Zone which acts as the boundary between them. This zone exists to date.

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Korean Generals During Japanese Colonization

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Korean Generals During Japanese Colonization

Japan ruled over Korea for almost four decades. The colonization began after the collapse of the Korean empire in 1910 and ended after the conclusion of the Second World War in 1945. During this period, Japan did not draft native Koreans into its armed forces. This, however, changed in 1944. The Japanese troops were overwhelmed in war, forcing them to enlist ethnic Koreans.

Korean Generals During Japanese Colonization

Although the Japanese did not draft locals, they occasionally recruited Korean volunteers into their military. The procedure and requirements for admission were stringent, meaning that only a few applicants were successful. Despite the bias, seven Koreans managed to become generals. Moreover, several others rose through the ranks and became colonels, lieutenants, sergeants, majors, and other ranking posts.

The first Korean to become a general was Lieutenant General and Crown Prince Yi Un. Yi is also the most famous of the seven Koreans who attained the post of general in the Japanese military. The remaining six attained their military education from the Imperial Japanese Army Academy.

The role given to Yi Un was to serve as an instructor to the horsemen at the military academy. Due to his impressive work, Yi was promoted to the rank of Major in 1940. Three years later, he became a Lieutenant-Colonel.  His illustrious military career culminated with him attaining the rank of Colonel at the end of World War II in 1945.

 

 

The Assassination of Empress Myeongseong

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The Assassination of Empress Myeongseong

Empress Myeongseong, popularly known as ‘Queen Min,’ was assassinated by Japanese agents on October 8, 1895.  Myeongseong was 43 years old at the time of her demise. The plot to kill the empress was masterminded by Miura Goro, the then Japanese minister to Korea. The Russian ministry of foreign affairs kept the records on the assassin and revealed them publicly in 2001.

The Assassination of Empress Myeongseong

The records included a testimony provided by King Gojong, as well as several accounts given by witnesses to the killing. Also, the documents comprised of a report sent to Lobanov-Rostovsky by Karl Ivanovich Weber. Back then, Lobanov-Rostovsky was the foreign minister of Russia, while Karl was a diplomat at the Russian embassy in Seoul.  According to the account of Seredin-Sabatin, a Russian eyewitness, several Japanese agents and servicemen from the Hullyeondae army went into the royal palace and killed Queen Min. Afterwards, the assassins defiled the corpse in the north wing of the palace. The witness was an employee of the King of Korea.

After the killing of the Empress, the father of King Gojong, Daewongun, returned to the palace. Later on, King Gojong abandoned the Gyeongbokgung palace for the Russian consulate on Seoul. The king governed the Korean empire form the Russian embassy for almost a year. This period is referred to as the Korean royal refuge at the Russian legation.

 

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The History Of The Joseon Dynasty

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The Joseon Dynasty

The Joseon dynasty, also known as the Yi Dynasty, was the last of its kind in Korean history. It is also the longest-serving dynasty in Korea, having lived on for over five centuries. The dynasty was formed by Yi Song-gye. Its capital was located at Hanyang, presently known as Seoul. The Kingdom drew its name from the state that had established authority over the Korean peninsula in the past.

The Joseon Dynasty

Yi was close to the bordering Ming dynasty in China. As a result, Ming considered Joseon as a client to his kingdom. Due to the high indolence of Chinese culture at the time, Joseon borrowed its governance model form Neo-Confucianism.

The first change implemented by the Yi dynasty was the redistribution of land parcels which was previously controlled by a chosen few in the leadership. The kingdom was also supportive of scholarship, with the most remarkable achievement on this front being the introduction of the Korean alphabet, known as Hangul.  Later on, Yi introduced a bureaucratic system of administration.

Jan attacked Korea in 1592. Despite assistance from Chinese forces, the Japanese prevailed over the Koreans. This caused the loss of several valuable assets as well as the weakening of the kingship. The country, however, had fully recovered from the effects of the invasion by the beginning of the 20th century.

Korea isolated from international relations until very late into the 19th century. In 1876, the country signed the Treaty of Ganghwa after insistent pressure from Japan. The Joseon dynasty ended in 1910 after Japan seized Korea.

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Traditional Korean Foods That Are Naturally Beautifying

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Makgeolli

In Korea, beauty products are not the only sure way to make the skin glow. The men and women through research and studies have identified foods that replenish and protect the skin. Most of these foods have antioxidants which fight the free radicals and other inflammations that deteriorate the quality of the skin.

Barley Tea

Barley tea has become popular in Korea for its rich in antioxidants. They prevent ageing of the skin. It has also been discovered to prevent tooth decays because of the harsh environment they provide which prevent the existence of the bacteria and bacteria action in the teeth.

Kimchi

This traditional food contains a lot of probiotics and good bacteria. The stomach bacteria are a very important element to keep a healthy digestive tract. When the digestive tract is healthy and clean, the chances of suffering from acne and inflammation are minimal.

Makgeolli

Makgeolli

Like the Kimchi, Makgeolli is probiotic food. The food has become so popular in Korea for a healthy skin and gut. The extracts from this plant area are vital components in the manufacturing of the sheet masks.

Sea weed soup

Thi plant being a water herb, it has a lot of water which is essential for the hydrated skin. The Omega 3 and the antioxidants in the sea weed plant also prevent the skin from the environmental effects and any other cell damaging effects.

Ginseng

Ginseng is a loved food in by majority of the Koreans. The herb supplements vitamins, and minerals for the skin. The minerals help the skin in metabolism, and growth of new skin.

Soyabean paste

This food contains vitamin E and antioxidants. Soy bean paste prevents intrinsic ageing of the skin, pollution and the Ultra Violet damages.

 

Interracial Marriages In Korea

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Interracial marriages in Korea

Korea like any other country struggling with her conservative nature has its own pie of intermarriages hiccup to bite. Interracial marriages, is not so common among many Asian countries, and many societies have their challenges adopting the sub culture.

However, there are factors that push the Korean men and women into interracial marriages that we shall briefly look at. Statistics in the last decade show that at least 22,000 Korean men have married women from other Asian nationalities including Vietnam, China, and Philippines.

Interracial marriages in Korea

The Korean women seem to vary in the opinion and most of the 30% of the 7,500 married to other nationalities have gone to the westerners. Mainly, Australia, America and Canada. It is not all roses because of the prejudice of the mixed marriages in Korea.

The notion of mixed marriages threatening social cohesion is still a question of discussion n in Korea. The ministry of Justice put a restriction on the international marriages after the rising cases of domestic conflicts caused by lack of a common language and cultural differences.

The Korean men in the rural areas choose to get wives from poorer Asian states because of the shortage of women to marry. In totality, there is no scale to determine the success of the international marriages or the failure in equal measures.

There are pre-existing stereotypes that emanated from the Korean War that led to women attached to the Americans being left behind. Such, makes the intermarriages a burden to the Korean women to absorb.

Why Is Golf So Popular Among The South Korean Women Athletics?

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Why Is Golf So Popular Among The South Korean Women Athletics?

The epic of talent is slowly getting to the brim from the k-pop music, movies and drama to the field events. Golf, which has been traditionally a man dominated game, is changing the face of its champions to vibrant young women in South Korea.

Of course, everyone on the global scale is wondering how the young women in South Korea are getting all the energy and the esteem to outdo veterans like America in the game. The paradox of how hard and easy it is for the damsels are in their background.

Why Is Golf So Popular Among The South Korean Women Athletics?

Before we look at the source of their power, a new champion has hit the global scale in golf from South Korea, Park Sung Hyun, that has found herself in the stellar series of the women champions in the world. Her victory in 2017 obsessed her. Her nickname: Dak Gong which means shut up and attack speaks it all.

According to Alex Fleming, a fun of women golf and who supports on the social media says that South Korean will lead in golf by hard work. He also adds on that parents give every form of support to any girl interested in golf.

Park Sere, 40, the pioneer of the golf winning series is a fulfilled mentor after she witnesses a good number of women on international golf trips. She is a source of inspiration to the new golf team.

South Korea is not a comfortable place to get the dais of golf. The competition is too stiff, and the players undergo a lot of pressure to find their way to the top. The stamina and self-esteem they get is a stimulating factor to win at the international level.

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