주체112(2023)년 10월 24일 《론평》
KCNA Commentary on Japanese Politicians' Visit to Yasukuni Shrine
Politicians of Japan have continued to visit the Yasukuni Shrine.
On October 17, Prime Minister Kishida made a ritual offering to the shrine and the minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, ministers for Economic Security and Economic Revitalization, the speaker of the House of Councilors and other government officials and those of the Diet visited the shrine one after another and paid tributes to it.
On October 18, nearly 100 members of the "Meeting of Dietmen for Visiting the Yasukuni Shrine" thronged to the shrine in group to pay a tribute to the war criminals.
The shrine, which has served as an ideological and spiritual breeding ground of Japanese militarism for overseas aggression and expansion, is the citadel of Japan's aggressive and extreme nationalism and symbol of militarism.
The visit to it is a criterion for Japan to decide whether to break with the past and opt for peace or to go along the road of reinvasion as it shows the Japanese government's attitude towards the war of aggression.
However, Japan has formulated and put the visit to the shrine on a regular basis despite strong protest and denunciation by the international community. Its politicians have visited the shrine on the spring and autumn ancestral rite days, August 15 when Japan was defeat in the Second World War, the day when the Japanese imperialists provoked the Pacific War and other opportunities every year to call back the "spirit" of top-class war criminals who earned notorious fame in the war of aggression on the continent.
The war criminal state, which had inflicted indelible damage on mankind, is consoling and praising the soul of provocateurs and war criminals. This is an open war agitation act and an insult to the peoples in the afflicted countries and challenge to human conscience and international justice as it is an expression of praise for war crimes.
The ceaseless visits to the shrine clearly show the true picture of Japan, a war criminal state which has never changed its militarist constitution. Lurking behind them is its dangerous ambition to realize the old dream of "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" at any cost.
Far from feeling guilty of the past crimes, Japan, obsessed by revenge for its defeat, is trying to paralyze the soul of its people with poison of militarism through the shrine and incite the craziness for reinvasion in the whole society and finally drive the war chariot.
Nearly 80 years have passed since Japan's defeat and a century has changed, but militarism adapted with the dangerous trend of thought of all kinds, still pervades the contemporary Japanese society and xenophobia, hatred and national chauvinism are rampant.
This is the inevitable result from the infiltration of reactionary idea, the distortion of history and the moves to praise the past crimes which have been enforced by the reactionary forces of militarism.
Today, Japan, revived under the active patronage and support of the U.S. after its defeat in the war, has perfected the "legal foundation" for overseas aggression and fully betrayed its true colors as a war state possessed of the capability for preemptive attack on other countries.
Japan's expansion of military force has reached an uncontrollable phase.
The Japanese archipelago turned into an outpost and a sortie base for the U.S. war of aggression, and Japan is now pushing ahead with the deployment for action of long-range missiles capable of directly striking the DPRK, China and other neighboring countries, while openly crying out for the possession of long-distance striking capability.
Japan no longer refers to such words as "maintenance of the least self-defense force" and "exclusive defense" it had used as an adornment to deceive the world.
What should not be overlooked is that Japan seeks to get deeper involved in the issue of the Korean peninsula by taking an active part in the triangular military cooperation with the U.S. and south Korean puppets, while raising the "free and open Indo-Pacific initiative", an expanded version of the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere", to join such U.S.-led alliances as QUAD and getting frantic with overseas dispatch of its troops under various pretexts.
It is self-evident that Japan's reckless moves will lead to reinvasion sooner or later, and this is just a matter of time.
If the moves of Japanese reactionaries, oblivious of the lesson of history, are connived, the Korean peninsula and the region will get into the disaster of war and the world peace and security will be seriously threatened.
The final ruin is the terminal to be reached by Japan scheming to dominate other countries and nations and achieve its "prosperity" through aggression and war.