Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Liquidation of Disgraceful Past Is Favourable to Japan’s Interests
More than a century has passed since the Japanese imperialists illegally fabricated the “Korea-Japan Annexation Treaty.”

They deprived the feudal Joson dynasty of its diplomatic rights and established their Residency-General in Korea by forcing on it the Ulsa Five-Point Treaty in 1905. They seized even its right of home administration by fabricating the “Jongmi Seven-point Treaty” in 1907.

On August 22, 1910, they placed Seoul under martial law and concentrated thousands of aggressive troops there to create a gruesome atmosphere. Then they concocted the “Korea-Japan Annexation Treaty” by blackmailing the Korean ministers. They kept the treaty secret for fear of strong protests by the Koreans. They made it public on August 29 and thus completely removed the existence of the feudal Joson dynasty, which had existed nominally.

Since then, they inflicted all sorts of indescribable misfortunes and sufferings upon the Korean people. They resorted to every possible means and method in order to exterminate the Korean nation and destroy Korea on the globe once and for all. They seduced, kidnapped and drafted as many as 200 000 Korean women into battlefields as their sex slaves and drove numerous young and middle-aged Koreans to battlefields and sites of slave labour to meet miserable death. They massacred over one million innocent Koreans, claiming that the latter did not obey their military rule meekly. They attempted to make the Koreans change their names to Japanese ones and enforce the policy of turning the Korean people into Japanese subjects, with an eye to depriving them of their language and names and obliterating their soul. They also plundered indiscriminately precious cultural heritage handed down through generations, natural resources of Korea and even spoons and rice bowls.

Japan, which committed crimes against the Korean people, is under an obligation to make an apology and reparation of its government for the past wrongdoings. There can be no precondition and argument about it.

However, the successive ruling forces of Japan have attempted to distort history, swimming against the demand of international community for breaking with their past crimes and taking a right path.

They have beautified and embellished their crime-woven history and acted willfully, resorting to all kinds of excuses for liquidating their past. To top it all, they do not hesitate to distort their history of aggression and praise war criminals as “heroes” and “patriots.”

This shows that Japan has no will to liquidate its past but hatches a plot to invade Korea again by repeating its crime-ridden history, when the time comes, and make inroads into the Continent with the Korean peninsula as its springboard.

It is for the good of Japan to put an end to its past crimes. Japan is now under strong criticism, failing to enjoy trust of the international community.

Japan’s liquidation of its past is not a simple problem confined to the relationship between the DPRK and Japan. It is a criterion which shows Japan’s viewpoint and attitude whether it sincerely recognizes its past crimes or not and whether it attempts to repeat its crime-woven history or it tries to take the road for peace. It is also a very sensitive political issue that has a bearing on peace and security in Asia.

Only when it breaks with its crime-woven history can Japan become a full-fledged member of the international community.

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