Japanese imperialists' plunder of rice from Korea


The Japanese imperialists committed an indelible crime of plundering rice from Korea after illegally occupying it in the last century.

They, regarding the rice plunder as the most important link for realizing their colonial economic predatory policy, took away 487 000 soks (one sok is equal to approximately 5 bushels) of rice in 1910 and 500 000 soks of rice in 1911.

They proclaimed the "rule for Korean rice conditioning" in February 1913 and adopted it as their policy to overcome the shortage of rice in Japan by plundering Korea of rice.

According to the rule, the Korean peasants were deprived of 2.3 million soks of rice in 1914 and 2.8 million soks of rice in 1919.

Ushering in the 1920s, the Japanese imperialists staged on a full scale the rice plunder by working out "the plan for the increased production of grain".

Due to the predatory policy of the Japanese imperialists, the Korean people were at the risk of starvation and poverty.

After occupying Manchuria by fabricating the September 18 incident in 1931, the Japanese imperialists compelled the Korean peasants to accept the "grain delivery" and collected food by mobilizing repressive organs in order to satisfy the military provisions for invading the continent.

So, nearly 10 million soks of rice were shipped to Japan in 1931.

In the closing years of the Japanese imperialists' colonial rule, Korea was turned into a famine-stricken zone and reptiles and amphibians were used for food.

As seen above, the Japanese imperialists are the looters and gangsters who took away everything precious of Korea.

(KCNA -  August 27, 2019)

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