South Korea - South Korea The Republic of Korea, far better...

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South Korea The Republic of Korea, far better known as South Korea, is a country in North East Asia. After spending thirty-five years under Japanese occupation, the Korean peninsula was divided in two after the Reds With Rockets showed up. The most notable event in the history of South Korea is the Six Twenty Five War, known elsewhere as the Korean War . South Korea spent a while after that war under various authoritarian governments, but is now democracy and has been so since 1987. It is also one of the "Asian Tigers", making a major economic leap in the 1980s. In 2002, South Korea co-hosted the World Cup with Japan. Before that, it hosted the 1988 Summer Olympic Games. South Korea is a close ally of the United States (who saved the country in the Korean War ), but has problems with Japan for some rather obvious reasons . These include the issue of "comfort women", women from Korea (plus China and a few other countries) forced into prostitution and sex slavery by the Japanese, which the Japanese government continues to deny. Then there's the issue of Japan trying to stomp out Korean language and culture, replacing it with Japanese language and culture. Even without World War II , Japan and Korea have never liked each other very much . South Korea is not North Korea. South Koreans take great pains to refer to their country as "Korea," with no geographic distinction. In their minds, using the term "South Korea" gives an air of legitimacy to the totalitarian doppelganger across the border. Nowhere else in the world is
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