South Korean Protesters Demand Japan Nullify 1910 Annex

August 18, 2010 Updated: August 18, 2010

As South Korea celebrated its 62nd independence day, August 15, tens of thousands of South Korean Christians demonstrated in the streets of Seoul demanding that Japan officially nullify an accord from 1910 to annex the Korean peninsula, according to AFP.

Japan established colonial rule in South Korea from 1910-1945, and the memory of Japan’s efforts to override Korean culture are alive for many, especially older South Koreans, according to the U.S. Department of State.

Speaking at the celebrations, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak acknowledged Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan's apology last week for the colonization.

Myung-bak said that the history of two countries should not be forgotten and that the countries should find "concrete measures" to develop a stronger relationship and resolve lingering tensions, reported South Korean news agency YONHAP.