Why are the Japanese names for North and South Korea so different?

Kita Chosen (北朝鮮) is supposed to be just a geographical name, and therefore to save giving the North Korean government the same legitimacy as the “Country of Koreans” (韓国 – Kankoku) in the South


1 Comment

  1. alexcase said,

    May 26, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    It is also part of their respective official names (Daikanminkoku for South Korea, something Chosen for North Korea, but obviously without the word “north” as they think of themselves as the rightful government of the whole country)

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