Pyongyang, March 7 (KCNA) — A seminar on the subject of “The ‘abduction issue’ and the liquidation of past” was held in Tokyo on February 24 under the sponsorship of the National Association for the Promotion of Japan-Korea Diplomatic Relations.
Present there were Tomiichi Murayama, former Japanese prime minister and chairman of the association, and scholars, social activists and public figures.
Haruki Wada, honorary professor of the University of Tokyo, Rumiko Nishino, co-representative of the Japanese Network “The War and Violence against Women,” and other personages made speeches under titles “On the ‘abduction issue'”, “On the former ‘comfort women’ for the Japanese army living in the DPRK” and “On the remains of the Korean workers.”
Speakers noted that the talks between the governments of Japan and the DPRK for normalization of diplomatic tiles held early in February made no progress as Japan failed to approach the talks in the spirit of the Japan-DPRK Pyongyang Declaration.
The Japanese government’s assertion that there can be no normalization of diplomatic ties without the “settlement of the ‘abduction issue'” is quite contrary to the spirit of the declaration and intended to evade the liquidation of past as the colonial ruler, they said.
They held that the Japanese government should push ahead with the work of settling the issue of compensation to the Korean victims of forcible drafting and comfort women for the Japanese army and other victims and thus sincerely approach the liquidation of its past for the progress of the talks between the governments of Japan and the DPRK for the normalization of diplomatic ties.
The chairman of the National Association for the Promotion of Japan-Korea Diplomatic Relations stressed that Japanese people, assailants, should think deep over the influence of the past colonial rule and the present visits to the “Yasukuni Shrine” upon people of Korea and other Asian countries.
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