South Korean government and its supreme court now officially insists that Japanese annexation of Korea, aka “colonization/occupation”, was illegal. Therefore, Koreans insists they have the right to seek compensation for the “illegal colonial rule”
by using the phrase “illegal colonial rule,” the court in substance adopted the standpoint that Japan’s colonial rule was legally invalid. This will have the effect of making most of the law-based activities by Japan during colonial rule “illegal,” giving most South Koreans who lived under colonial rule the right to seek damages for the “illegal” activities. In short, the ruling not only placed the individual rights of South Koreans who lived in the colonial period to seek compensation outside the framework of the 1965 agreement, but also, by recognizing the scope of the “illegal” activities broadly, effectively allowed a wide spectrum of people to seek damages associated with Japan’s colonial rule.
No western countries ever apologized nor pay any compensations whatever to former colonies. They don’t even acknowledge their brutality of their colonial rules. The White literally enslaved Asians under their colonial rule. Japan treated Taiwanese and Koreans as citizens.
If colonization was unlawful, like they say, all the western countries must pay the compensations for the former colonies. The current international order will end and chaos and war would follow.