Pyongyang, May 7 (KCNA) — The Japanese reactionaries’ adamant insistence on the visit to the “Yasukuni Shrine” directly reveals their militarist
ambition to launch overseas aggression, says Minju Joson Saturday in a signed commentary.
Urging Japan to seriously mull over the political impact such improper behavior will have and behave itself, the commentary goes on:
In response to the charge that the prime minister’s visit to the shrine has caused the anti-Japanese sentiment to rapidly mount, the chief executive of Japan defended himself, asserting that his visit signifies the resolve not to fight a war and means paying homage to the war dead and that every country has its own history and tradition and divergent way of thinking.
As well known to the world, the shrine honors class A war criminals including Tojo who earned ill fame as a ferocious man-killer for their crimes committed in the course of invading Asia.
Paying homage to them means a mute declaration of one’s resolve to follow in the footsteps of those who perpetrated Asian aggression.
Japanese politicians are now hell-bent on extolling the feats performed by “patriotic martyrs” in the operations for militarist overseas expansion in the past. They are driven by the ridiculous ambition to inherit the spirit displayed by them in conquering other nations and the silly determination to readily lay down their lives like a cluster of “sakura” in the process of materializing the old dream of the “Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere.”
At a time when their prime minister talked hoarse about “deep remorse” toward the world, Minister of Public Management, Home Affairs, Post and Telecommunications Aso and more than 80 supra-partisan Dietmen flocked to the shrine. This was an indication of their strong zeal for “martyrdom.”
This proves that Japan’s loud-mouthed “remorse” and “apology” for its past aggression are nothing but hypocrisy to deceive the international community.
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