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‘The 1965 System’ and Its Impacts on Koreans in Japan -The Origin of Two-Sided Political Vulnerability in South Korea and Japan-

Woongki Kim 1

1홍익대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this thesis is to discuss the reasons why Koreans in Japan have not been able to improve their social status in Japan. This thesis intends to analyze how their social status in South Korea, a divided nation overwhelming anti-communism, has imposed constraints on improving status in Japanese society. At the same time, a fact that pro-norths and pro-souths live altogether imposes political vulnerability on them. South Korean-Japanese diplomatic normalization brought Koreans in Japan logics of South Korean politics backed by anti-communism. Their loyalty toward the nation of South Korea has been endlessly doubted since both pro-Norths and pro-Souths are living altogether in Japan. From late 1970s to 1980s, many of youngsters were concocted by South Korea’s dictatorial authorities under the name of spy of North Korea. Even after South Korean society achieved democratization, diversity of political value existing in the community of Koreans in Japan has not been approved by their mother nation. This situation becomes constraints for them to assert the improvement of their social status in Japan. For the purpose of the enhancement of social status of Koreans in Japan, they should consider not only their own circumstance in Japan but also that in their mother nation.

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