U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, Japanese and South Korean counterparts Shinsuke Sugiyama , center, and Lim Sung-Nam, attend a joint press conference in the Iikura guesthouse in Tokyo, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. (Kyodo News via AP)
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South Korea and Japan reached a controversial deal Monday to share defense intelligence, Japanese officials said, despite protests from opposition parties and activists in Seoul.Japan controlled the Korean peninsula as a colony from 1910-1945, with the legacy of the harsh rule marring relations with both North and South Korea today.South Korea and Japan were on the verge of signing a deal in June 2012, but Seoul suddenly backtracked, with Japanese media blaming anti-Japanese sentiment among the South Korean public for the move.The deal has been fiercely opposed by South Korean opposition parties and civic activists, citing Seoul's failure to seek public support and historical sensitivities.
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