Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Japan's Future Is Gloomy: KCNA Commentary

    Pyongyang, August 18 (KCNA) -- After the "statement to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII" by Japanese Prime Minister Abe was published, the world understanding of Japan has become worse.
    The international community has long paid attention to his statement to be published to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II hoping that Japan would sincerely apologize to the peoples of the victimized states and clearly part from the history of militarist aggression.
    But his statement for which the world has so far shown concern made no mention of honest admission and apology for Japan's history of aggression. So, the Japanese people and the international community unanimously estimated that the statement made a big retreat in the understanding of history from the one made by the then Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama in August 1995 marking 50 years since Japan's defeat in the war.
    In the past century Japan ran amuck for the aggression war with the wild ambition of the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" and inflicted great disasters on the peoples of different countries in Asia and the world only to fall into a deep abyss of ruin to the end.
    In particular, Japan's aggression of Korea and colonial rule over it that lasted at least four decades were unprecedentedly atrocious and brutal.
    During occupation of Korea the Japanese imperialists massacred more than one million innocent Koreans, forced murderous slave labour after forcibly drafting over 8.4 million people and made 200 000 women sexual slaves for the Imperial Japanese Army.
    Nevertheless, Abe cried out for sort of future and responsibility and contribution to the international community with ambiguous phrases of reflection and apology, not mentioning any word of apology and reflection on the hair-raising crimes and unspeakable damage done by Japan against Korean and other Asian people.
    Abe let loose a string of shameless remarks that women's honor was defamed due to war, not mentioning the atrocities committed by the Japanese imperialists, the unprecedented crimes such as the forcible drafting of many Korean women for the sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army. He went the lengths of blaring that posterity having nothing to do with war should not be made to continue to make apology as the number of those who were born after the war make up the overwhelming majority of the population.
    Japan's past liquidation is an urgent matter good for itself rather than for others.
    That is why many Japanese with a proper thinking faculty about Japan's future have asserted that the government should make a bold decision for the past liquidation at an early date.
    67 percent of the respondents polled recently by the Kyodo News answered that the chief executive should include an expression of apology for the colonial rule and aggression in his "statement to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII", a reflection of the Japanese people's mindset.
    In a press conference as regards Abe's statement, Murayama charged that his sentences failed to give impression that Japan honestly apologized for its colonial rule and aggression which were very bad.
    The chairman of the International Relations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives in a statement said it is very regretful that Abe neither apologized to the victims of Korea and neighboring countries nor made any mention of crimes related to the sexual slavery. Michael Honda, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives said Abe's statement is an insult to the victims of the "comfort women" for the Imperial Japanese Army.
    BBC of Britain and media of France and Germany said that Abe did not make direct and official apology.
    All facts prove that the ruling forces of Japan are blatantly challenging the international community demanding its past liquidation, far from reflecting on the history of aggression on the 70th anniversary of the defeat of the Japanese imperialists.
    If this is a true picture of Japan, its future is gloomy, indeed. -0-

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