On August 10 2010 Prime Minister Naoto Kan, on the occasion of the centenary of the colonial annexation of Korea by Japan, has expressed to South Korea [...] once again his deep remorse and heartfelt apology for the tremendous damage and suffering caused by colonial rule. [...]

Despite the Japanese government has already apologized several times to South Korea, this
time the excuses seem to be more sincere. For the first time the Prime Minister admitted that the colonial rule was imposed against the will of the Korean people, has promised the return of the Royal Protocols of the Joseon Dynasty and no government official attended the August 15 2010 in commemoration of the fallen in Yasukuni Shrine, where many war criminals are commemorated.

Moreover, the possible redefinition of reparations remains unresolved, which through the signing of the Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and South Korea on June 22 1965, was established in the amount of eight hundred million dollars in grants and soft loans, with the renunciation by South Korea to demand additional reparation to Japan both at the state and at the individual level.

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