Pyongyang, August 25 (KCNA) -- The Japanese ultra-right forces have become hell-bent on reviving militarism.
Japan's Cabinet ministers including the minister of Defence, the minister for Economic Recovery and the minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, those concerned of the Liberal Democratic Party and the ultra-right elements offered visits to the Yasukuni Shrine one after another on the occasion of the anniversary of Japan's defeat in the Second World War.
Prime Minister Suga openly made an offering to the Shrine and then visited the cemetery of the war dead in Tokyo to "console the departed souls". In a memorial ceremony he eulogized the dead in the aggression war without uttering a word about Japan's blood-stained history of aggression.
August 15 is the day when Japan sustained a defeat and declared an unconditional surrender in the war of aggression provoked by it.
Japan, the war defeated nation and the war criminal state, was obliged to make deep repentance of its invasion of Korea and many other Asian countries and of its massacre of innocent people, and to make apology before mankind on its knees.
But the policy-makers of Japan, far from feeling guilty conscience, vie with each other to pledge revenge at the shrine where the name tablets of A-class war criminals and murderers are kept.
The shrine has now become a spiritual tool and symbol of the Japanese militarists for the war of overseas aggression.
Through the visits to the shrine the Japanese reactionaries seek to bring back the departed soul of the militarists that had been taken to the grave of history, educate Japanese in the idea of aggression and use them as a shock brigade for realizing militarization and ambition of reinvasion.
The politicians who visited the shrine this time called the war dead "spirits of revered memory who offered their valuable lives for the country" and "departed souls who laid down their lives for Japan".
This is an open declaration never to acknowledge the past history of aggression but to keep to the path of becoming a military giant and of overseas expansion which it has so far pursued. This amounts to a mockery of human conscience and challenge to international justice.
Recently the Japan Ministry of Defense worked out and opened to public the "defence white paper for children", the first of its kind, reflecting its ambition for territorial seizure. This is a vivid expression of Japan's persistent revanchist ambition for reinvasion to materialize its old dream of the "Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere" even by imbuing the new generations with the distorted view on history.
All facts prove that Japan remains unchanged in its aggression nature.
Justifying militarism precisely means a declaration to repeat the past history of aggression.
Japan must bear in mind that it will meet complete destruction if it opts for the path of reinvasion, oblivious of the bitter lesson of defeat.
We will certainly keep stocks of Japan's crimes and force it to pay for its infliction of sufferings and pain on our people. -0-