Pyongyang, May 21 (KCNA) — Nariaki, minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, recently visited a primary school in Tokyo where he told its pupils that they should always remember the fact that Tok Islet is “part of the Japanese territory” and that the new history textbooks screened and approved by the ministry are “balanced ones” and there is, therefore, “no ground for other countries to complain about them”.
In this regard Rodong Sinmun Saturday in a signed commentary denounces his remarks as a shameless act of tampering with history, a move to instill militarism into the rising generation and, at the same time, a blatant challenge to the Asians.
His outcries go to prove that he is a militarist fanatic as he is just like ultra-rightist elements of Japan keen on distorting history and realizing militarization and territorial expansion, the commentary says, and goes on:
Given the viewpoint and mental state of the boss of the ministry supervising the adoption of Japan’s educational policy and looking after its implementation, it is no wonder that sound education is inconceivable in Japan and militarism is rampant at the educational institutions.
The future of a country hinges on what type of education is given to the younger generation and on their mental state. The Japanese reactionaries are working hard to whitewash and praise the crimes committed by the Japanese imperialists in the past and instill the militarist idea into the rising generation. This is aimed at instilling into the rising generation the ambition to dominate Asia and revanchism which the preceding generations failed to realize.
But this is as foolish an act as driving Japan to self-destruction.
The Japanese reactionaries would be well advised to ponder over the future of Japan, stop tampering with its history and give up their ambition for territorial expansion.
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