My first reaction on reading the story was why did the government bother to get involved in this. I think that research into this kind of thing is best left to Korean/International Academics and Bloggers to argue online about.
But then the reason becomes apparent. They are making sure they don’t lose out on any of the land from the U.S bases and other unclaimed areas.
This recent finding may provide the legal basis for denying the descendants of collaborators claims to land given to their families by Japanese colonial authorities as reward for their services to Imperial Japan.
In recent years, the descendants of some of what are widely considered to be the clearest cases of collaboration have been trying to assert their rights to land currently occupied by other interests – such as U.S. military bases, for example – but courts have had to let them exercise ownership for lack of an official definition of ‘individuals that have committed treason.’
It is expected that the National Assembly will soon pass legislation that would allow the state to claim land that clearly had something to do with the collaborative activities of its owner.
Another factor that is interesting about this is how soon it is after the government’s recent absolution of Class B and Class C war criminals. There seems to be a lot of history being written and rewritten from the colonial era at the moment.