Pyongyang, June 7 (KCNA) — The Japanese reactionaries are growing increasingly zealous in their visits to the Yasukuni Shrine, which are becoming politicized and regularized, says Rodong Sinmun Tuesday in a signed article.
Recalling the recent superheated rhetoric sounded off by acting Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan Abe and Chairman of its International Affairs Committee Nakagawa to build a social atmosphere in favor of the shrine, the article goes on:
The Japanese reactionaries’ attempts to justify and back up the visit to the Yasukuni Shrine are an anti-historic act of inciting the revival of militarism and war and going against the current trend toward independence in defiance of people’s demand and wish for peace. And it is a militarist folly of fostering the atmosphere of confrontation in Asia and whipping up reinvasion.
The Japanese reactionaries are trying to describe the crime of aggression committed by the Japanese imperialists in the past as “a peace-oriented act” by paying visits to the shrine. Lurking behind this is their sinister intention to evade the settlement of their past. But things will never go as they wish.
The Japanese reactionaries’ improper approach to Japan’s history of aggression and continued visits to the Yasukuni Shrine have touched off wrath at Japan among the Asian people who hold bitter grudges against the Japanese imperialists.
Their demand for apology and compensation from Japan for its past crimes is not merely to make Japan kneel down and beg for forgiveness but to see that it sincerely feels responsibility for its past crimes through the redemption of its past and does not follow the past footsteps.
The Japanese reactionaries should ponder over this, stop visiting the shrine and distorting history and make a bold political decision to settle the past. They should sincerely do what they should, clearly understanding that there is no future for those going against the desire and the trend of the times.
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