During its military occupation of Korea (1905-1945) imperialist Japan made desperate efforts to legitimize its confiscation of the land of the Korean peasants needed for its colonial domination and plunder.
As part of it, it passed the Land Expropriation Act in April 1911.
The Act stipulated that the land necessary for public interests shall be expropriated and the governor-general in Korea shall take charge of land expropriation and makes public details about the land to be expropriated. In this way, it won the free “right” to expropriate land under the signboard of “public interests.”
It not only expropriated land of the Korean peasants but adopted draconian laws one after another to impose misfortunes and pains on them.
The Land Survey Law adopted in August 1912 can be cited as an example.
Japan’s aim of adopting the law was to plunder large areas of land of the Korean peasants, increase tax on land, consolidate the feudal system of exploitation of tenants who were tied to land, and create stable and favourable circumstances for investment of its capital.
By invoking these evil laws, it plundered the Korean peasants of over one million hectares of land, over 10 million sok of rice and large amounts of cash crops including medicinal herbs and cotton.
The amount of rice it plundered during the period of its occupation of Korea, totals over 190 million sok, and over 260 million sok when other cereals are added.
The Korean people will never forget Japan’s past crimes and make it pay dearly for them.