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KCNA Commentary on Japan's Dangerous Moves for Overseas Expansion

Pyongyang, November 7 (KCNA) -- The Japanese defense minister recently told the press that Japan would strive to develop stealth fighter of next generation to be deployed in the 2030s.
The Japanese regime was quoted by the British newspaper Independent as terming the development of the next generation fighter known as F-X a project for beefing up the military muscle to cope with the increasing threats from China and north Korea. The Japanese defense ministry reportedly demanded 556 million US dollars as military budget for 2021.

Japan has stepped up the development of next generation stealth fighter under the pretext of "tackling a threat" from the DPRK. This is a dangerous military move to speed up the modernization of its armed forces and open up a prelude to overseas expansion through reinvasion of Korea.

Historically, Japan is a criminal state that existed on invasion, war and plunder.
The wars for conquest ignited by Japan in the last century were all prompted by the aggressive policies to colonize and enslave other countries and nations. They were not aimed to tackle "outside threat".
Since its defeat, the rulers of Japan have pursued militarism to realize the daydream of the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" by stretching out its tentacles of aggression to the continent again.

Japan's long-propelled moves for building a military giant have turned Japan's military into the perfect forces for attack beyond the boundary of home defense. Japan's military muscle has undergone striking changes in quality and quantity.

This year alone, it established a space operation unit and fleet information team within the "Self-Defense Forces." It is busy with forming new units including a specialized education unit and a specialized electronic warfare unit to found a cyber defense unit.

While deploying many updated missiles at vantage points of the archipelago, Japan is conducting military drills under the pretext of defending and retaking remote islands in a bid to improve the capacity for fighting an actual war.

Japan seeks to develop and introduce next generation fighters, and other military hardware for both attack and defense. Such weapon systems are all for a war of aggression as they are long-range attack means.

Purchase of U.S.-made weapons for a preemptive attack, launching of a new-type submarine, arms buildup aimed at possessing the "ability for attacking enemy base" and regular overseas dispatch of SDF constitute wanton violations of the Japanese constitution with "exclusive defense" as its backbone and of international conventions stipulating the position of a war criminal state.

The bandit-like descendants of Samurais are saying the defense capacity just means possession of attack power strong enough to "prevent invasion from outside." Such absurd theory can never work.
If Japan ignites a war to reinvade the Korean peninsula, it will meet bitterer defeat. -0-


KCNA Releases a Detailed Report on Grand Celebration of 75th Anniversary of WPK as Auspicious All-People Event

Pyongyang, October 15 (KCNA) -- The Korean Central News Agency released a detailed report on Thursday on the successful celebration of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) by all the people across the country.

The report said that the work has dynamically been pushed forward from the outset of the year to greet the 75th anniversary of the WPK as a genuine holiday for the people and as the revolutionary holiday for cementing the single-minded unity and as a great festival peculiar to socialist Korea from every aspect under the leadership of the Party Central Committee.

The 5th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the WPK advanced the great immortal programme for breaking through head-on unprecedented grim difficulties and for opening up the broad avenue toward the victory of the revolutionary cause of Juche, and adopted a decision on celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Party with splendor.

Upon the decision of the Plenary Meeting of the WPK Central Committee, all the people and the service personnel of the People's Army turned out toward the October of glory.
The all-people general advance was a continuation of courageous head-on breakthrough in which they had to overcome manifold challenges and difficulties from the beginning.

The malignant contagious disease that swept the world as a great disaster from the outset of the year has seriously threatened the security of our state and the lives of our people, and a series of harsh natural disasters held us back from making advance.

The whole world accepted 2020 as a year of unavoidable disasters and calamities but the Party Central Committee turned the emergency anti-epidemic work and the campaign for recovery from natural disasters into the drive for defending the people, thereby glorifying this year as a year of great struggle and a year of advance and unity for winning miraculous victories by turning adversity into favorable conditions.

Since the very beginning of the worldwide contagious disease, we have built high the anti-epidemic wall with preemptive and offensive super-class measures.
The might of the great army-people unity has been fully displayed in the sites for rehabilitation from damage hit hard by natural disasters including South and North Hwanghae provinces, Kangwon Province, South and North Hamgyong provinces and Kaesong City.

12,000 Party members from the capital city organized elite divisions and have performed feats in the disaster-stricken areas in South and North Hamgyong provinces, in hearty response to the call of the Party Central Committee.
A perfect anti-epidemic system has been maintained and strengthened nationwide and socialist fairyland villages have appeared one after another in the areas that had been hit hard by natural disasters, further highlighting the image of our style socialism.

The first gun-report of victory in the head-on breakthrough was made in the construction of the Sunchon Phosphatic Fertilizer Factory which was followed by the heated-up drive of self-reliance and self-prosperity in all fields including the construction sites for the Pyongyang General Hospital, water-way project in South Hwanghae Province and power stations and tideland reclamation sites.

Under the outstanding leadership of Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, the 75th anniversary of the WPK has been celebrated as a grand festival for all the people and a great auspicious event marked by victory and advance, the report said, and continued:
"Hall of Great Leaders and Their Comrades-in-Arms" was wonderfully arranged at the Korean Revolution Museum, making it possible to further advance the glorious history of the Korean revolution and the traditions of single-minded unity.

Commemoration coins were issued on the occasion.

Volume 10 of the enlarged version of "Complete Collection of Kim Il Sung's Works", and Volume 32 of "Complete Collection of Kim Jong Il", a library of Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism, and "With the Nation," volume 1 of the collection of real-life revolutionary stories, reminiscences "Great Life" (builder of youth power), first lengthy novel "Prosperity" from library "Immortal Milestones" and other books dealing with the personality of the great leaders were published and disseminated.

Performances of the Workers' Art Group of the Central Committee of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea and the joint performance of schoolchildren added to the festive atmosphere.

Lots of meritorious workers from across the country took part in the celebrations in Pyongyang as delegates to the celebrations and as viewers.
National political and cultural festivals for celebrating the October holiday were held almost every day, giving pleasure to the people.

There took place a successful military parade for celebrating the 75th anniversary of the WPK in the presence of Kim Jong Un at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang at 00:00 on October 10.
The historic speech made by Kim Jong Un on the platform of victory and glory the last sentence of which was Long Live our great People greatly impressed the whole country and the whole world.

The military parade demonstrated to the world the proud path of the development of our army which has developed into the invincible army possessed of the weaponry system of the WPK style and the ultra-modern type huge nuclear war armed forces though it was so young as to let carts with machine guns on form a column of mechanized units during the first days after the army building.

There was a grand meeting for celebrating the anniversary, also. The meeting adopted a congratulatory message to Kim Jong Un who led our Party along the path of only victories and performed undying feats before the country, the revolution, the times and history.
Fully demonstrated at the mass demonstration for celebrating the 75th anniversary of the WPK was people's joy of having glorified our Party's birthday with great glory and pride.

There was torchlight procession of youth and students for celebrating the WPK founding anniversary "Dynamically Forward, Straight along the Party!"
The fireworks display for celebrating the anniversary brilliantly decorated the nocturnal sky of October.

The grand mass gymnastic and artistic performance "Great Guidance" took place at the May Day Stadium on Rungna Islet in the presence of the Supreme Leader in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the WPK.

He had a photo session with the delegates to the celebrations marking the Party founding anniversary and the participants in the military parade to bestow favors on them.
All civilians and service personnel of the country including those involved in the reconstruction campaign watched the October celebrations on TV, feeling as if they took part in the grand festival.

The celebrations hardened the confidence of all the people that when they are true to the idea and guidance of the Supreme Leader, the cause of our Party will surely emerge ever-victorious and a powerful socialist country will be built without fail, the detailed report concluded. -0-


KCNA Commentary on Japan's Denial of Its Past Crimes

Pyongyang, July 20 (KCNA) -- Japan's impudent behavior of totally denying its past crimes against humanity stands out in sharp contrast with the responsible attitude of many countries towards history.
Recently, France returned to Algeria the remains of its independence fighters who were arrested and executed for waging the armed struggle against France during its colonial rule over Algeria.

In recent years, France has made a positive effort to atone for its past crimes in such ways as admitting and apologizing for the crimes it committed during its colonial rule over other countries. It apologized again to Algeria along with the return of those remains, saying it would be an important occasion to reconcile the histories of the two countries.
This reflects the present international trend towards the promotion of reconciliation and development of new relations among countries through the settlement of the past.

Sincere atonement and reparation for the past crimes are an obligation due to the assailant, and a prerequisite for building a new future after bidding adieu to the disgraceful past.
But, Japan has denied its bloodstained history of aggression and plunder, the history of unethical crimes and refused to apologize and compensate.

Japan is persisting with the denial of the crime-woven history, describing Japan's colonialist policy as the one for "modernization" and its war of aggression, which inflicted untold sufferings on the Asian peoples, as "war for self-defense" and "liberation war".
Japan examined and approved many textbooks in which the most of crimes committed by the Japanese imperialists were deleted or obscured. Japan also got scenes of crimes during the colonial period registered as part of UNESCO world cultural heritage and even built an exhibition to justify the slavery, which is a mockery of the victims.

Japan's persistent distortion of its history aims at arming the rising generations with militarism to realize the revanchist ambition for reinvasion.
Japan's attitude towards its past crimes clearly shows its moral vulgarity and shamelessness. -0-


KCNA Commentary on Japan's Reckless Act for Reinvasion

Pyongyang, July 4 (KCNA) -- Sordid military tendency of Japan draws attention of the international community.
Later last month the Japanese government officially announced that it would officially cancel the shipment of "Aegis Ashore" to which it has put much efforts for years.

Japan suddenly cancelled the shipment for reasons of cost and technical problems though it had paid the stupendous amount of fund even before the decision was made on the place of shipment, defying internal and external rejection while maintaining that "Aegis Ashore is indispensable for defending the security and life of people".
What matters is that the issue of possessing the "ability to attack enemy base" has been raised again in the political circle, timed to coincide with this.

In a press conference on June 18 Prime Minister Abe expressed the stand to bring the story about the possession of the "ability to attack enemy base" up for governmental discussion, calling for reexamining the mode of existence of a deterrence force commensurate with the step taken to cancel the said weapons system deployment.

Heated up in this regard even within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party is the debate on Japan's possibility for preemptive attack and all the proposals containing opinions of party members are scheduled to be submitted to the government within this month.
Japan withdrew the deployment of missile defence system on one hand but asserts the possession of the "ability for attacking enemy base" on the other hand. This reminds one of a frog withdrawing into itself for further jump.

After the defeat in war Japan has sought for the possession of attack ability in its persistent bid for turning the country into a military power, but never had it been pursued so openly with obvious orientation and realistic nature as today.
Under the absurd interpretation of law that the possession of "ability to attack enemy base" belongs to the range of self-defence under certain conditions from the mid-1950s, Japan has built up corresponding public opinion and steadily granted legitimacy to it under the pretext of "threats from neighboring countries".

Despite international and legal restrictions, it massively developed and introduced military hardware with double purposes of attack and defence and held military drills with various codenames, thus turning the "Self-defence Forces" into a militant group of attack type and preemptive attack forces.

Especially under the Abe regime, it randomly introduced attack weapons including up-to-date stealth fighter, long-range cruise missile and carriers and now stretches its hands to space and cyberspace after discarding the veil of "exclusive defence". This situation clearly shows the true nature of the war-like country which goes for it not just "at the minimum level" but "beyond necessity".

In fact, Japan's possession of the "ability for preemptive attack" was already rounded off long time ago and what lacks now is only legitimate "status".
Through the institution of war laws and rules of various kinds, Japan implicitly secured the right to belligerency and the right to take part in the war, which it was divested of after its defeat in the war. Now Japan has possessed even combat power for fighting a war. For Japan, the legitimization of the possession of the ability for preemptive attack precisely means the final completion of the preparations for reinvasion.

Japan is running headlong into the path of reinvasion, though it has not yet shaken off its ill fame as an enemy state. Yet, it resorts to dangerous acts after losing its discretion. This arouses apprehension and denunciation of all the people in the world.


Japan should not act indiscreetly, clearly understanding that its reckless militarization moves is a foolish suicidal act of adding fuel to fire. -0-
KCNA Commentary on Japan's Sycophancy toward U.S.

Pyongyang, June 18 (KCNA) -- People are suffering bitterer misfortune and agony due to the U.S. military bases in Japan.
Days ago, residents in Kinowan City of Okinawa Prefecture protested to the defense authorities against noise pollution caused by increased night flights at the Futenma U.S. air base.

Local media said that the U.S. is continuing their night flights under the pretence of protecting Japan although the governments of Japan and the U.S. have concluded an agreement on noise control to limit the night flights of the U.S. warplanes. And local residents have made more than 100 complaints about their mental and physical sufferings from noise for the last two months as the number of night flights has drastically increased since April, local media reported.

As the reality shows, the U.S. military base in Japan is not the "pillar of security" but the source of misfortune and pain and hotbed of crimes that seriously endangers the lives of Japanese people.

Last year alone, such warplane accidents as emergency landing, collision and aircraft component drop broke out one after another from the outset of the year to panic citizens and such crimes as murder of a Japanese woman, assault on a policeman, drunken driving and house burgling were committed by GIs.
In this April, there was a sensational case of large-scale poisonous material leakage at Futenma base and two GIs recently robbed an exchange house in Okinawa Prefecture.

Nevertheless, the government obliged to protect the lives and properties of its people is only busy with preserving the privileges of the U.S. troops in Japan.
Whenever an accident happens, it fails to make even a word of protest to its master but ends up with wresting an "apology" or "commitment to prevent the recurrence". It goes against the will of the people demanding the fundamental revision of the "Japan-U.S. status of forces agreement" which gives the U.S. troops in Japan extraterritorial rights, and feigns ignorance as if the problem is in the application of agreement.

Japan, which overlooks the sufferings of its people while reading the face of foreign forces, is a "sovereign state" without sovereignty that is going to ruin.
Such mean behavior of the Japanese authorities engrossed in sycophancy toward the U.S., bereft of dignity and rights as a state, is just the sealed fate of the vassal state shackled by its master politically, economically and militarily.

The politicians of the island country are feigning that they are suffering humiliation and shame for a great thing but the reality is that Japan has neither guts to offend its master nor strength to bear the consequences.

The U.S. is demanding Japan to pay an astronomical amount of money as defense cost, impudently saying that Japan is an allied country, not a vassal one, and that the relations between the two countries over the issue of security should be equal. This seems as if it is making fun of the miserable position of the island country in a fix.
The pain and misfortune of the Japanese people can never vanish as long as the government's sycophancy goes on. -0-


KCNA Commentary Warns S. Korean Conservative Media against Slandering DPRK

Pyongyang, June 7 (KCNA) -- The conservative media of south Korea are reacting to our serious warnings against the operation of scattering anti-DPRK leaflets and the south Korean authorities' connivance at it with senseless response.

The conservative media reeled off a spate of thoughtless rubbish that "the north is using the issue of scattering anti-DPRK leaflets as a strategic card for holding initiative in south-north relations" and "there is possibility that it has diplomatic negotiations and dialogue in its mind". It even made such provocative assertions that "scattering of leaflets by defectors from the north can not be banned as it pertains to freedom of expression" and that "it is to get freedom of information" in its desperate bid to build up public opinion against the DPRK.

Top-class vicious conservative media Dong-A Ilbo did not bother to do the cursed act of slandering the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK, not content with spreading groundless story to chime in the leaflet-scattering by the betes noires.

This undisguised cooperation with the "defectors from the north" in their leaflet-scattering clearly reveals the dirty and deplorable nature of the conservative media staking their fate on escalating confrontation with the fellow countrymen.

As far as the south Korean conservative media are concerned, they are dregs of the times going under various names as hack "puppets of outsider", "group of traitors" and "trumpet for propaganda operation". They are nothing different from the "defectors from the north" mongrel dogs in the aspect that they fall short of controlling their mouths and are keen on barking.

It is the hack writers' group of south Korea which far surpasses human scum in slandering and rejecting the ideology and social system of the DPRK.
The group spreading groundless stories is actively shielding the matchless fools despite censure by the world people. It is because they are struck with awe over their cursed crime before the Korean people.

Our people are venting their wrath, hardly repressing their shock at the acts of human scum and the south Korean authorities who connived at it.
Upset by this, the conservative media is taking the last risk to evade the stern punishment.
The true aim sought by the hack force is to incite atmosphere for extreme confrontation with the fellow countrymen, push the historic declaration and agreements common to the nation to abrogation and ultimately escalate only hostility and tension between the north and the south.

They claimed that "for defectors from the north the leaflet-scattering is for breathing and at the same time a struggling for living as human beings". This proves to what extremes the group has gone in their efforts to justify and expand the moves for confrontation with the fellow countrymen.

The ultra-right conservative media is a top-class evil force and a group of traitors which should definitely be eliminated from the list of the nation together with the rubbish traitors.
Only fate of destruction awaits the group of traitors taking the lead in escalating confrontation with the fellow countrymen while daring hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership which is more valuable than our own lives.


The conservative media will be made to pay a dear price for daring hurt the noble sentiment of our people. -0-
KCNA Commentary on Gloomy Prospects of Japan

Pyongyang, May 12 (KCNA) -- People in Japan are becoming increasingly vocal denouncing the present government.
Some days ago, a civic organization in Okinawa Prefecture strongly protested against the authorities' act of going ahead with the transfer of the U.S. air force base from Futenma to Henoko.

The Japanese Defence Ministry had issued a draft amendment to a plan which aimed at sharply extending the period of the transfer project and increasing the cost, as soft ground was discovered in the sea off Henoko, and "applied" to Okinawa Prefecture for a change in the design on April 21.
Members of the civic organization demanded its immediate withdrawal, expressing their resentment against the government pressing for the project by taking the advantage of the period when it has become hard to allow gatherings due to the epidemic.

The authorities in Okinawa Prefecture also expressed their stand that they would not accept the pressure of the Defence Ministry for the change in order to check the said transfer and a main opposite party denounced the government for persisting in absurd policy.
This is a revelation of disillusion about the rulers engaged in only unpopular acts by persisting in kowtowing to the U.S. and a reflection of the public mindset really worrying about the future of Japan.

Now the Japanese people hope that the government would go along the road of genuine peace, not war after throwing off the shameful yoke of submission to outsiders.
But the Japanese reactionaries are positively backing their master in its hegemonic moves to turn the whole archipelago including Okinawa into an outpost of aggression in disregard of the people's misfortune and sufferings.

Lurking behind it is a vile sycophantic and treacherous policy of the politicians of the island country who cling to the coattails of their master out of the wild ambition to revive the old era of empire at any cost with the backing of the U.S.
Till now, the successive Japanese reactionary ruling quarters have covered all heavy expenditure on the U.S. military bases in Japan without making a word of protest against the criminal acts committed by the U.S. forces in Japan, and they even shelved the strong demand of the public mindset for getting rid of the policy of toeing the U.S. line.

Recently, when there occurred a case in which a large amount of toxic materials flowed out of the base in Futenma, they stood by the U.S. forces' side to cover up the case.
Although the Abe regime obsessed with flunkeyism and militarism has a dream of becoming "strong Japan" in return for its shameful submission acts, nothing will change in the fate of Japan as a slave of the master and a sacrifice for realizing the master's hegemonic strategy.

In 2013 there appeared in Japan "a theory of defeat in war" and "theory of democracy for a subject state" which stated that Japan will remain as a defeated nation forever and it is nothing but a tributary to the U.S. This caused a great sensation not only in the island country but in the international community.
Subordination and defeat in war are the fate which Japan invited for itself.
The future of miserable tributary Japan is extremely gloomy. -0-


KCNA Commentary on War Force Int'l Community Must Keep Special Watch on

Pyongyang, April 20 (KCNA) -- The Japanese reactionaries have more persistently beefed up the military muscle.
They are planning to deploy Aegis Ashore interceptor missile system in Akita Prefecture at any cost in defiance of the strong opposition from their fellow countrymen and the neighboring countries.

Not content with it, they deployed the surface-to-air and surface-to-warship missile unit on the island off the coast of a region earlier than schedule and officially organized a transport air force to start the duty of dispatching units of "Self-Defense Forces" and war supplies to battlefields any moment.
The moves are serious developments as they are the open revelation of the intention to militarily stand face to face with neighboring countries to the last.

It is well known that Japan has pressed ahead with its arms buildup since its defeat out of extreme malice, deceiving the international community.
But it is the first time that the right-wing reactionaries of the island nation have pushed forward with military plans as impudently, rapidly and simultaneously as now.

The "defense expenses" have risen to record high for six consecutive years and 5 trillion 313.3 billion yen has already been earmarked for national defense this year. The cost of the cutting-edge military hardware with various missions Japan bought from its allies in 2011 stood at 43.2 billion yen and the cost rose sharply to 701.3 billion yen in 2019. The facts show that Japan has spent a colossal sum of money on the purchase and development of military hardware.

They have also pressed ahead with the plan to set up an outer space operation force and electronic warfare unit and other new units so as to make the sky, land, sea, outer space and cyber space theatres of war for aggression.
Talking about "poor security circumstances," they are never concealing the truth that the military developments target the DPRK, China and Russia.

All the moves were made after the present chief executive said in a policy speech in January last year that he would push ahead with the reform at a rate fundamentally different from the previous one in order to build new defense strength.

It is crystal clear to all that Japan's rushing headlong into turning itself into a military power will invite a terrible catastrophe to the regional peace and stability, as it is a war criminal state which had Asia be drenched in a sea of blood and started the Pacific War in the last century and has looked away from its crimes in the past.

A warship of the Japan Maritime "Self-Defense Force" dashed against a Chinese fishing boat in the waters in the Sea of East China, threatening its safe voyage, which is a clear advance notice of the catastrophe the militarist expansion policy will invite.

Japan is the aggression force, war force, which the international community must keep a special watch on.
Japan is going to reinvade Korea, to begin with, and then the rest of Asia, and to conquer the rest of the world. Herein lies the danger of the undisguised moves of Japan towards making itself a military power.
Mankind which values sovereignty and peace must not overlook such moves. -0-


KCNA Commentary Denounces Hwang Kyo An for Seeking Dictatorship

Pyongyang, March 31 (KCNA) -- Another bloody fight of the south Korean conservatives took place over the nomination of candidates for the "national assemblymen" election, evoking only disillusion of the people from all walks of life.

Traitor Hwang Kyo An is behind the dirty scramble for power.
The traitor's arbitrary and high-handed practice reached the extremes in the nomination of candidates with high probability as was the case with the nomination of candidates for regional constituencies.

Hwang contended that the "Future Korea Party", a junior partner of the "United Future Party", put the "talents" posted by him in the placings with no possibility of getting elected in the list of candidates of high probability. He replaced the high echelon of the "Future Korea Party" and all the members of the "nomination management committee" with his close associates and nominated candidates with high probability of getting elected again.

As commented by various circles of south Korea and the public opinion, such violence is an "unprecedented nomination coup" and fully betrays again the fascist nature of Hwang and his greed for power as well.
The inveterate nature of the vicious fascist maniac, who worked at the beck and call of the conservative dictatorial regime when he worked as the "minister of Justice", can never change.

The disposition of the fascist who hunted democratic and patriotic personages and dissolved progressive organizations is fully demonstrated in the zeal for realizing his wild ambition for power.
He rigged up a bogus political party overnight, did away with the high echelon of the party incurring his displeasure and indiscriminately brought them down whether they belonged to his group or other group, stunning the public.

His rowdyism ahead of the election of the "national assemblymen" is attributable to his wild ambition to expel his rivals from the party and build the one-party system after the election.
He only seeks to usurp the "National Assembly" and lay the foundation of power with his close associates so as to realise such a pipedream as the revival of the conservative dictatorial regime.

Far from reflecting on the recent dogfight, he has gone so shameless as to blame others, claiming that is why the present regime and its fellow forces must be punished in the coming general election.
Traitor Hwang is the rubbish driven out of the times, being forsaken by the people long ago, and the chief target of the struggle for doing away with the deep-seated evils.

The south Korean people insist that traitor Hwang should be eliminated along with the "United Future Party" of traitors.
It is as clear as noonday that Hwang will face the same miserable fate as the preceding dictators as he goes zealous for realizing his wild ambition for power. -0-


Refusal to Atone for Past Crimes Leads Japan to Ruin: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, March 23 (KCNA) -- Many countries have been repenting of their past wrongdoings and making efforts to establish new relations. During a recent visit to Indonesia the king of the Netherlands made an official apology for the extreme violence used by his country during its colonial rule over Indonesia.

Saying history can never be erased, the king pointed out that he reflects upon the past crimes committed by his country with deep understanding of the lingering pains and sorrow of victims.
His remarks serve as an occasion to look into the true colors of Japan which has not yet atoned for the past.

The past crimes committed by Japan against mankind, the Korean people in particular, are so atrocious that they could hardly be tolerated though Japan would make manifold apologies and reparation for them.

However, Japan has behaved contrary to the trend of the times since its defeat.
Japan has not admitted its past crimes, but justified them, far from making apology and reparation for them.

During the Japanese imperialists' colonial fascist rule spanning nearly half a century, the Korean nation underwent the most miserable sufferings and pains which other nations have never experienced. And the scars of sufferings and pains still remain unhealed.

The Japanese reactionaries are instilling into the rising generations the hostility towards the DPRK and militarism by shamelessly distorting the history, making absurd allegations that the "colonization promoted the modernization of Korea" and "Japan's war in the continent in the last century comes to be a contribution to peace and security of Asia".

Worse still, Japan is more desperately keen on the moves for a military giant and overseas expansion to realize its wild ambition for reinvasion, attributing its defeat in the war to its weak power.
If the island country continues to refuse the atonement for its past, enjoying a daydream about becoming "the leader of Asia," in disregard of the warnings of the international community, it will get nothing but ruin.

Japan should stop foolish doings that betrays its mean morality before the world and may damn its prospects, but make a sincere apology and reparation for the heinous crimes it committed against the Korean nation and mankind. -0-


KCNA Commentary Condemns Japan for Getting Vocal over "Security Crisis"

Pyongyang, February 26 (KCNA) -- Japan is pushing ahead with arms buildup.
Shortly ago, the Japanese Ministry of Defense announced that it would develop and introduce new jamming equipment, citing the DPRK's "ballistic missile threat", and described the planned deployment of surface-to-warship guided missile in Okinawa as a "development of a deterrent force to cope with threat from China".

This is a hackneyed method resorted by Japan preoccupied with the ideas of a military giant and reinvasion under the pretext of "security crisis".
Since its defeat in World War II, Japan has rushed headlong into militarism, raising the clamor of the "security crisis".

For the revival of militarism, Japan, taking the advantage of the escalation of tension on the Korean peninsula and the region, has expanded the operation sphere of the "Self-Defence Forces" (SDF) to all parts of the world and even to space, after shaking off the veil of "exclusive defence" and emerged as an entity possessed of the greatest offensive capability next to the U.S. in the West.

Nevertheless, the island country is shamelessly justifying its moves for turning itself into a military giant by describing the DPRK, China and Russia as the states which pose threat" to Japan.
This year has witnessed one war exercise after another on the ground, in the air and in the seas of the archipelagoes with the support from the U.S. such as drills simulating the defence and recapture of remote islands.

Days ago, the Air "Self-Defense Force" conducted a large-scale joint air drill with B-52s belonging to the U.S. Air Force, emphasizing the goal was to contain the DPRK and the surrounding states.
The crafty trick of the Japanese reactionaries is to secure a legal justification for "security defence" by disguising Japan as a victim before the international community.

Now besides the thoughtless remarks of individual politicians that they should take land away from others by way of igniting a war, such gangster-like logic as describing other country's territorial sovereignty as an illegal one and claiming Japan's responsibility for solving the problem is being heard even within the Diet.
No wonder military experts express serious concerns over Japan getting all the more undisguised in its wild ambition to increase the combat capability of the SDF and become a normal state capable of fighting a war.

It is a pipedream for the Japanese reactionaries to regain the post of the old colonial suzerain state by containing surrounding countries by force and becoming the "leader of the East".
A foolish act always invites a miserable end. -0-


KCNA Commentary Condemns Japanese Reactionaries for Working Hard to Revise Constitution

Pyongyang, February 3 (KCNA) -- The inveterate nature of the Japanese reactionaries' militaristic ambition is being revealed with each passing day to stun the world.

Shortly ago, Prime Minister Abe at a meeting of the Liberal Democratic Party on the revision of the constitution made remarks that "it is necessary to revise outdated parts", calling for putting an end to the discussion of the constitution by properly specifying the existence of the "Self-Defense Force" in the constitution. He also said at a meeting of the Budget Committee of the House of Representatives that "it is a matter related with the mainstay of national defense to stipulate and codify the validity of members of the SDF".

His remarks are little short of an announcement that he would continue to turn a deaf ear to the strong protest and denunciation at home and abroad and go ahead with the criminal revision of the constitution.
The international community is now denouncing the reactionaries of the island nation who are openly challenging international laws that stipulates the post-war status and future of Japan as the heinous group of reinvasion and fascist force of modern version.

Amid the increase of the number of Japanese opposing the revision of the constitution, the political circle is getting increasingly vocal in asserting that "Prime Minister Abe has no right to revise the constitution" and "it is necessary to bring down Abe regime that violates Article 9 of the constitution".
This being a hard fact, Abe and other forces standing for the revision are making desperate efforts to revise the constitution, while talking about the "building of a state towards a new era" in defiance of the demand of humanity and public sentiment.

Lurking behind this is the cunning intention to restore the old status of the colonial suzerain state by which it acted an emperor in the Asian countries occupied by it in the last century under the pretext of securing the status of a normal state.
It is not difficult to guess what is meant by the "building of a new state" much touted by those brutal guys who obstinately claim aggression and plunder as justice and innocence.

The Japanese reactionaries are, indeed, the dangerous force of invasion which brings the dark clouds to hang over the earth and the group of evils which deserves punishment by the common efforts of humanity.
The Japanese politicians making desperate efforts to realize the old dream of the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" should clearly understand that they can never evade the merciless rebuff by the international community.

Japan will only suffer disgrace as the eternal criminal state and the defeated state and be doomed to ruin for its reckless moves of militarism including the revision of the constitution. -0-


KCNA Commentary Dismisses Japan's Anti-DPRK Moves as Ignorant

Pyongyang, December 24 (KCNA) -- Japan still goes foolish. Days ago, Japanese Defense Minister Kono, terming the DPRK's measure for increasing capabilities for self-defense a "ballistic missile launch", solicited for international support. On Dec. 21 he again ranted about "imminent threat from north Korea" aboard the escort warship Izumo re-modeled into an aircraft carrier. This stems from his deep-seated hostility toward the DPRK.

Explicitly speaking once again, the military measures taken by the DPRK are the exercise of the legitimate right of a sovereign state to self-defence, and no one is qualified to find fault with it.
Moreover, the issue which Japan has become clamorous about is the test-fire of multiple rocket launcher and even a mere child knows that it poses no threat to the island nation.

Nonetheless, Japan is instigating the international pressure on the DPRK under the pretext of the unreasonable "threat". This shows that it seeks a sordid intention, not the security of its country and region.
As known, until recently it has zealously called for dialogue, taking the stand that the test-fire of the super-large multiple launch rocket system of the DPRK has no influence on the security of Japan.

But this is just a petty trick to get rid of the miserable situation of being sidelined in the world political trend which moves with the DPRK in the center.
Actually Japan, trumpeting about "dialogue without preconditions" with the DPRK, has doggedly called for sanctions, solicited for increased pressure in the international arena and become more undisguised in its ill military moves.

What is astonishing is the stupid daydream of Japan reckoning that it can still deceive the international community and push ahead with its moves for militarist reinvasion with the hackneyed "threat from north Korea".

What an ignorant and stupid idea it is.
It is useless for Japan to keep raving about "threat" and "provocation".
Japan's shameless and narrow-minded behavior turning black into white and acting flippantly will only make its miserable entity as a political dwarf stand out.
Japan should not run amuck, well aware of whom its rival is. -0-


KCNA Commentary Censures Japan for Rushing Headlong into Overseas Expansion

Pyongyang, December 1 (KCNA) -- Japan is still unabated in its military moves, disturbing the regional situation.
Shortly ago, the Ministry of Defence announced that a joint actual maneuver between the U.S. marines and the Japan Ground "Self-Defense Force" would be staged in Shigoku in December for the first time. It was reported that four U.S. Ospreys would be involved in the maneuver.

This is the clear manifestation of the military ambition of Japan getting frantic in its moves to become a military giant and launch an overseas expansion with the backing of its master as it is part of its moves to make the "Self-Defense Forces" take part in an actual war without fail.
The current SDF which has turned into perfect armed forces with attack capability is very busy acquiring the capability for fighting a war, steadily expanding the sphere of its military operations and familiarizing itself with overseas expansion.

What draws attention is that Japan is working hard to make the SDF acquire the capability for fighting a war under the pretext of the "military alliance" and "cooperation for defence".
The SDF started the U.S.-Japan joint military exercises this year with an airlift drill simulating the defence of remote islands with a U.S. special unit. In collusion with its master, it continuously conducted military exercises akin to an actual war such as an actual maneuver between the "amphibious task force" and the U.S. marines and a joint exercise between fighters of the Japan Air SDF and a B-52 of the U.S. Air Force.

In May, warships of the Japan Maritime SDF staged a joint drill with France, Australia and the U.S. in the Indian Ocean for the first time and hung around the waters off the Pacific for a long time for maritime joint exercises with littoral nations.

In this context, the Japanese political circles are boosting the moves for laying a springboard favorable for military advance into other countries while approving the conclusion of agreements on mutual provision of goods and manpower between the SDF and the French and Canadian armies and examining the conclusion of the "agreement on the status of visiting unit" between the SDF and the British army.

That's why the acts of the Japanese government pressing ahead with the dispatch of the SDF to the Middle East under the pretence of the aggravated Middle East situation can not be construed only from the viewpoint of "information collection" and "assurance of marine security".
The horrible records of the SDF steadily enlarging the radius of its military operation throw doubts as to where the Japanese armed forces terminate their bid to acquire the capability for fighting a war.

The largest defense costs in the history of Japan, armed forces with attack capability beyond the principle of "exclusive defense", military advance into other countries and other moves show that every military action of Japan is oriented to an actual war and reinvasion.
This year Japan saw the end of the era of "Heisei" and greeted the era of "Reiwa".

Even though much water flew under the bridge and the unique name of years was changed, Japan remains unchanged in its militaristic ambition for becoming a war-capable state, free from all historical, legal and moral restraints at home and abroad.
The international community follows with great concern which way Japan will take in the era of "Reiwa". -0-


Mega-Merger of Conservatives Is Doomed to Ruin: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, November 18 (KCNA) -- Hwang Kyo An, representative of the "Liberal Korea Party" of south Korea, has recently bothered the political circles with the hyping-up of "mega-merger of conservatives".
He claims that all the liberal democratic forces should unite their strength to try the present regime's self-complacency and arrogance and he would push ahead with the political unity with all the forces against the "leftist regime."

Hwang, called a politically inexperienced person, amateur and idiot for having failed to rearrange his den, talks about "unity of all the conservative forces". This is, indeed, a tragicomedy that makes even a cat laugh.
His misbehavior is a revelation of his sinister intention to hide the plight of the LKP on the verge of ruin, divert elsewhere public criticism, expand forces at any cost and win in next year's election of "assemblymen".

Now, the LKP has been plagued with all kinds of corruption and irregularities which have been brought light one after another, factional conflicts and dogfights in quagmire.
Worse still, public opinion poll reflecting the public criticism of the LKP is throwing into uneasiness the traitor who is dreaming a dream of coming to power.

Upset by the situation Hwang Kyo An group, not content with describing human scum as "talents" and admitting them into the LKP is getting desperate with trumpeting about "mega-merger ".
The LKP of riffraffs will give off worse smell and the dogfight for power will get fiercer.
The conservative opposition parties, to say nothing of various circles of south Korea, say that "mega-merger" is a trick for glossing over an inside story of rotten LKP and prop up "crippling leadership" and merger brings about quarrels every day. Hwang group is blamed even in the LKP.

The Hwang Kyo An clan is foolish as to do all kinds of shameful things for power, drawing public derision and criticism.
The traitorous group is trying to challenge candlelight demonstrators through the merger of conservatives who were indulged in fascist dictatorial rule, anti-popular rule and corruption and irregularities. This invites surging indignation of the people of various circles.

The south Korean people will never forgive the LKP clan running amuck to revive the era of darkness.
Hwang Kyo An group's farce of "mega-merger of conservatives" is doomed to ruin. -0-


KCNA Commentary Blames Japanese Reactionaries' Claim to Right to Collective Self-Defense in Space

Pyongyang, November 4 (KCNA) -- The Japanese reactionaries' ambition for military expansion has reached the extreme.
On October 16, the minister of Defence said on a public occasion that "it is possible to exercise the right to collective self-defense even in space", adding that the "Self-Defence Forces" will act within the sphere of the Constitution and one may think that there is difference between on the earth and in space but it is not just like that".

His remarks are the manifestation of Japan's black-hearted intention to escalate its moves for turning it into a military giant and overseas expansion into space under the pretext of protecting its allies, and they amount to a serious conception.

Japan abuses the "right to collective self-defense" in justifying its military advance into space. The right is nothing but the one for participating in a war of aggression and igniting a war.

The Japanese reactionaries have worked hard to amend laws in order to nullify the "Pacifist Constitution" which specifies no access to the right of belligerency, right to participate in a war and fighting capability and also used their moves as a means for concealing their revanchist ambition for reinvasion and evading criticism by the international society.

Since the end of the Second World War the island nation has rushed headlong into militarism and a military giant to avenge its defeat in the war, defying all sorts of political and legal restrictions.

As a result, the SDF that had been founded in small size turned into the world-level aggression forces with modern military hardware and the adoption and effectuation of the "security legislation" which allows the exercise of the "right to collective self-defense" made its sphere of activity drastically expand into overseas, beyond Japan.

Furthermore, Japan concluded the agreements on mutual provision of goods and manpower with the U.S., Britain, Australia and others under the pretext of exercising the "right to collective self-defense" and thus created condition favorable for participating in an overseas war and a regional war at will in contingency, far from the sphere of the "exclusive self-defense".

In case the "right to collective self-defense" is exercised even in space, the outer space will be certainly reduced into the field of a war by the militaristic reactionaries, more seriously threatening world peace and security.

The major target of Japan is none other than the regional countries just as before.
At the end of last year, Japan made public the new "defense program" and "Midterm Defense Capability Buildup Outline" meant to expand its military operational sphere into space and cyber space under the plea of China's military tendency.

The 2019 Defense White Paper released in September justified the military buildup of the SDF, describing the DPRK, China and Russia as the main threat to Japan.


Japanese Politicians' Group Visit to Yasukuni Shrine Assailed

Pyongyang, October 20 (KCNA) -- The spokesman for the Association of Korean Victims of Forcible Drafting and Their Bereaved Families issued a statement Sunday to accuse the present Japanese government ministers of making a visit to Yasukuni Shrine. Following the chief executive, other government ministers of Japan offered tributes to the shrine and more than 90 dietmen from the ruling and opposition parties made a group visit to it on Oct. 18.

Yasukuni Shrine is a symbol of Japanese militarism where the departed souls of the top-class war criminals still linger. The war criminals were punished by history for their engagement in the war of aggression and plunder, the statement said, and went on:
What is sought by the Japanese politicians by making the visit to Yasukuni Shrine an organized and an annual one is to intoxicate the Japanese nationals with the militarist toxin and to realize at any cost their failed old dream of the "Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere".

The recent visit clearly shows again that they have no idea of making repentance or apology for the past crimes of aggression but are only keen on turning back history and launching overseas aggression.
The Association strongly denounces the group visit to the shrine by the Japanese politicians as an all-out challenge to justice, peace and human rights and a hideous crime against humanity that insults the victims of the past and their bereaved families.

The statement urged the Japanese politicians who challenged the needs of the world people and the trend of the times through the visit to come out for the atonement of the past as early as possible, not adding more crimes to what their predecessors had already committed against the Korean people. -0-


KCNA Commentary Slams Japan's Project for Constitutional Revision

Pyongyang, September 24 (KCNA) -- Japan has openly revealed its project for constitutional revision.
Prime Minister Abe, at a recent press conference concerning Cabinet reshuffle, confirmed again his "determination to carry out constitutional revision at any cost."
Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Aso also called for specifying the existence of the "Self-Defense Forces" in the Constitution. A series of similar remarks are heard within the Liberal Democratic Party recently.

This shows that the island nation is working hard to turn itself into a military giant and realize the wild ambition for overseas expansion.
Japan's desperate moves for constitutional revision are aimed to turn itself into a war state by setting up a legal and institutional mechanism for unleashing a war.
For over 70 years since its defeat in the war, Japan has never dropped its revengeful thoughts and wild ambition for reinvasion.

It has steadily pursued the policy for militarization and military giant, transforming the ground, maritime and air "Self-Defense Forces" into powerful ones capable of launching overseas aggression.
Today it plans to have an actual aircraft carrier and organize a "space operation force."

Article 9 of the Constitution banning Japan from having army and exercising the right of belligerency and the right to participate in a war cannot but be an obstacle to mobilization of such forces for overseas aggression.
Japan seeks to regain the right to use armed forces it was deprived of due to its defeat, promote the SDF to elite forces and thus legitimize overseas aggression.

The Abe regime is working harder to modify the Constitution during its tenure of office that will end in Sept. 2021.
Abe, regarding the constitutional revision as his "lifetime task", insists on the need for constitutional revision whenever he has an opportunity, saying that "it is the time to buckle down to constitutional revision, the cherished desire of LDP" and "he remains unchanged in pursuing the goal for making new constitution take effect from 2020."

It is not fortuitous that criticism terming the recent Cabinet reshuffle the one for constitutional revision is mounting in the political circles of Japan.
Japan's projected constitutional revision is not an issue confined to internal affairs of a country or related to modification of paragraphs. It is just a serious political and international matter related to peace and security of the Korean Peninsula, Asia and the rest of the world.

Japan has a crime-woven history in which it inflicted unbearable misfortune and ravages upon the Korean people and other peoples in the world.
Such a country is seeking to modify articles of the Constitution for belligerent purposes, far from atoning for its past crimes, just prompted by its risky way of thinking to take the path of militarism. This is a reckless act of blatantly challenging the desire of mankind for peace.

Japan's moves for igniting a war of aggression again should not be allowed.
The international community should never overlook such foolhardy moves of Japan. -0-