South Korea’s economic system is capitalism, where businesses and properties are privately owned. The owners can increase their wealth, as well as own their properties and the citizens have the choice whether to consume or not the goods and services. While in North Korea, their economic system is communism, where all production, consumption, and distribution is controlled by the government. The businesses have quotas and the citizens get the same amount of goods and services, where they cannot deny the amount even if it is too small. When the Koreas reunite, decisions might not be made because both economic systems have its own benefits and disadvantages.
Probably the only country in the world that totally rejects globalization, North Korea, upon becoming a separate country in 1948 when the Korean peninsula was divided into two separate countries in the aftermath of WWII, has emerged today as the world’s most enduring isolated totalitarian socialist society in recent history, according to Freedom House. Trapped somewhere amid a medieval monarchy and a communist party-state, North Korea has been ruled under an iron fist doctrine for more than half a century by the dynastic succession Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-Il and Kim Jong-un (hereinafter referred to as the Kims) still exhibiting many features of the typical Stalinist political system and bureaucratic regime, emphasizing the one man–centered
During World War 2, many Koreans migrated to, or were forced to work in Japan, including my great grandfather. The Korean War divided the country in two. All Koreans in Japan lost their nationality, and some Koreans remained stateless residents in Japan. I was born and brought up stateless in Japan, but later became South Korean. I attended a Korean school supported by the North Korean government from elementary level.
Background Throughout most of the korea history, korea had been invaded and fought over by its larger neighbors. A four-power trusteeship was established in Korea due to the Yalta Conference in the near April 1945. United States proposed that japanese troops surrender to the US force south of the 38th parallel and to the Soviet forces north of that line, while the Soviet Union agree to that proposal. Communists created a regional Five- Province Administrative Bureau in October 1945 which was reorganized in February 1946 into the North Korean Provisional people's committee. There was a guerrilla movement in April 1948 after a major rebellion on Cheju Island.
Imagine a life without television and social media to report the news and tell you what is happening in the world, that is the reality for North Koreans. North Korea is a country based on the complete censorship of true media and internet access to most of its citizens. The extreme censorship in North Korea’s society is neglecting the fundamental human rights of people and is forcing them away from having any truth or opinions about the world around them. North Korea censors all media outlets and journalists to control what their citizens read, see, and even hear about the world around them. North Korea’s “goal is not to inform, but to indoctrinate and control common people,” (Lankov).
Having the Olympics in South Korea is a great opportunity to bring the two feuding countries together. In 1945, Korea was divided into two distinct countries: North Korea and South Korea, ending the Empire of Japan’s rule. The United States and the Soviet Union occupied each of the countries, USA in the South and The Soviets in the North. The tension between North and South Korea has not yet left it’s people and there is constant hostility towards each other. But on January 9th, North Korea agreed in negotiation with South Korea to send its qualified athletes to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
The Korea Peninsula or otherwise referred to as Korean Peninsula is a peninsula in Eastern part of the Asian continent. It extend towards south for about 1,100 kilometers into the Pacific Ocean from the continental Asia. The Korean peninsula is surrounded by East China Sea which is to its south, the East Sea which is more commonly known as Sea of Japan is to its east and Yellow sea is to the west on the peninsula. Korea Straight connects the East China Sea and Sea of Japan. The northern bounderies of the Korean peninsula is the same as the political border between North Korea and its neighbours which are People's Republic of China and The Russian Federation.
South Korea is mostly mountainous, with small rural settlements and villages spread throughout the mountains and river valleys, and an increasing urban population living in large cities like Seoul and Busan, which are resident to a contemporary culture. South Korea’s border that runs along to its opposing country North Korea is occupied by the demilitarized zone (DMZ) established by the terms of the 1953 armistice that ceased
South Korea has shown dramatic growth in the past decades quickly rising from third to first world in a span of a few decades. Often being dubbed a miracle, it is now the 13th largest economy in the world with renowned brands such as Samsung that is comparable to United State’s Apple. However, her success did not come easy. South Korea, henceforth Korea, has experienced a difficult transition to democracy after the end of Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Liberalization did not occur until the 1987 June Democratic Uprising, yet today; democracy in South Korea operates more efficiently compared to any other Third World countries .
Under the Japanese colonial regime, Korea suffered a great deal which resulted in the reluctance of acknowledging Japan’s influence that evolved Korea into a bigger country. In addition, Korea still believes that after the inheritance of independence, Korea designed their own systems that led to the maintenance of the country we have today. On the other hand, as Kim mentioned, Korean historians fail to notice and recognize Japan’s efforts that helped Korea to become the country it has become. As Kim states, “such an acknowledgement can lead to a constructive step forward in the direction of Korean legal scholarship, shifting away from justifying and defending Korea’s tradition by using the very colonial discourse …”