The Forgotten Plague: Opium and Narcotics in Korea under Japanese Rule, 1910–1945

@article{Jennings1995TheFP,
  title={The Forgotten Plague: Opium and Narcotics in Korea under Japanese Rule, 1910–1945},
  author={John Melville Jennings},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  year={1995},
  volume={29},
  pages={795 - 815}
}
One of the most neglected aspects of the history of Korea under Japanese colonial rule is the significant role of the drug trade during the colonial period. Korea emerged as a major producer of opium and narcotics in the 1920s, and in the 1930s became an important supplier to the opium monopoly created by the Japanese-sponsored Manchukuo regime. The latter development sparked an international controversy due to Manchukuo's unsavory reputation in connection with the illicit drug trade, and would… 
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