Thursday, 22 February 2018

Japan Can Never Evade Responsibility for Crime of Sexual Slavery

Pyongyang, February 22 (KCNA) -- Ri Hye Yong, a researcher at the Human Rights Division of the DPRK Institute of International Studies, Thursday issued an article titled "Japan Can Never Evade Responsibility for Crime of Sexual Slavery".

The following is the full text of the article:

When people come up with the words "sex slavery", they call to mind a country, called Japan.

That is because Japan is the most despicable and audacious country in the world, which in the first half of the last century forced hundreds of thousands of women from Korea and several other countries into the humiliating sex slavery and neither felt the slightest remorse nor reflected on its past for over a century.

Nevertheless, Japan recently keeps harping on "championing women's empowerment" deceitfully in the international arenas including the UN. What is worse, it impudently seeks to cover up its past crime by paying a trivial sum of money.

Sex Slavery, A-Class State Crime against Humanity Committed by Japan

Japan is distorting the fact, claiming that the sex slavery started after the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War in 1937. But it began with Japan's "dispatch of its troops to Siberia".

The Japanese soldiers, dispatched to Siberia in August 1918 for imperialist armed intervention against the Soviet Russia, raped the Russian women at random everywhere they passed. As a result, over 12 000 of the 73 000 soldiers, the number equivalent to the troops of a whole division, caught venereal disease, and the casualties far outnumbered those killed in action. This was a huge blow to "the Imperial Japanese Army".

It was the sex slavery that the Japanese military, in panic, contrived on the plea of "preventing the spread of venereal disease and offence of military discipline and whipping up war fanaticism and preserving the fighting power of the army" after that.

As can be seen above, the sex slavery was the crime of organized and massive abuse of women's right, perpetrated by the Japanese government and military from its contrivance to the execution as a state policy.

There are some materials testifying to the fact; a document entitled "the matter of recruitment of the staff needed to operate the military 'comfort stations'", drawn up on March 4, 1938 in the Legal Affairs Section of Japanese Ministry of War, and set with the seals of the Army Chief of the General Staff at that time, Hiroshi Imamura, and the then Director of the Legal Affairs Bureau, Umez; a document on issuing "the Emperor's Edict No. 300" in March 1942, referring to the reorganization of the structure of the Ministry of War for the work related with the operation of the military "comfort stations"; the wartime telegraph dated March 12, 1942, wired by the former commander of the Japanese military unit stationed in Taiwan to the then Japanese Prime Minister, Tojo, to request the supplement of managers needed to control sex slaves.

In the whole period of the aggressive war, the Japanese government set the goal of providing one sex slave for 29 Japanese soldiers and mobilized the state authorities including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of the Interior and the "Government-General in Korea", and particularly granted the military authority to organize and execute the plan.

As a result, in the 1920s "comfort stations" were set up in many places of Korea including the present Ranam District, Chongjin City, North Hamgyong Province and Changwon City, South Kyongsang Province. In March 1932 just after the Manchurian Incident, a Japanese military "comfort station" was established for the first time in Shanghai of China, on the order of Okamura, the then chief of Staff of the Shanghai Expeditionary Force.

With the war becoming protracted and occupation zones expanding, hundreds of military "comfort stations" were set up in over 10 countries in Asia and Oceania, and hundreds of thousands of women, mainly on the Korean peninsula, fell prey to massive sex slave hunt by the Japanese authorities, and were abducted to those "comfort stations".

At an interview held in February 1992, Seiji Yoshida, one of those involved in the sex slave hunt, said: "To put it flatly, 'comfort women' were not recruited, but were taken by force. None of them volunteered."

The American newspaper The International New York Times, dated November 15, 2014, reported that in 1942, a lieutenant in Japan's Imperial Navy had organized a military "comfort station" at Balikpapan on the island of Borneo (the present Kalimantan), and mitigated the mood of his troops so well that he had been highly praised by the military authorities, and that he was just the later prime minister of Japan, Yasuhiro Nakasone.

In general, the severest crime against women is sexual abuse. However, at that time, the king, the prime minister, the military and even the police of Japan ran amuck to institutionalize sexual assault and gang-rape, instead of punishing such crimes. On top of that, one of the executors of sex slavery was elected as prime minister later. Hence Japan deserves to be branded as one and the only violator of women's rights.

The sex enslavement enforced by Japan was, to all intents and purposes, a part of Japan's policy of obliterating the Korean nation. Among all the countries, nations and women that suffered from Japan's sex enslavement, the most extreme and miserable victims of it were none other than Korean women, trampled mercilessly by the Japanese imperialists for 40-odd years.

Enforcing wicked fascist laws like "the National Mobilization Law"(1938) and "the Women's Volunteer Corps Service Ordinance"(1944), Japan mobilized its executive agencies including provincial, county and sub-county offices at the lowest echelon as sub-station, all under the "Government-General in Korea", as well as police stations and even military police and the army to the sex slave hunting. They hunted women on their way, in fields, at wells, sleeping at home at midnight, going to or from school, and even mothers-to-be and women in maternity at random.

The captives in Korea numbered at least 200 000, ranging from innocent girls aged 12 or 13 to married women under their forties.

In this regard, at "the 3rd International Forum on Peace of Asia and Role of Women" held in Pyongyang, Sumiko Shimizu, a Japanese woman, said: "The issue of 'camp-following comfort women' is the most vicious act by the Japanese imperialists against the Korean people, a violation of their sexual morality and human rights, destruction of their life and humanity, and a part of the policy of obliterating against the Korean nation. It was an international crime brutally committed in an organized way by the Japanese army and government."

Even after committing the unprecedented crime against humanity, beyond one's imagination, Japan made desperate efforts to keep the crime buried into oblivion of the history forever.

Before and after Japan's defeat in World War Ⅱ, the sex slaves were registered as "assistant nurses" and official records and other relevant documents were all burned on the order of the military and the vice-minister of the Interior. What was worse, Japan committed another state crime of slaughtering the sex slaves, clamoring that "the bloodline of the enemy country must be cut."

However, its crime can be neither kept in secret nor erased in history.

After World WarⅡ, the International Military Tribunal for the Far East officially branded the sex slavery by the Japanese military as a war crime, and the military tribunal, which was established in Hague, the Netherlands in 1948 found 12 officers of the Japanese army guilty and sentenced some of them to death.

The above-mentioned facts clearly prove that the sex slavery is the A-class anti-humanity state crime unique to Japan, contrived by the militarist ruling circles to satisfy the sexual appetite of their soldiers and whip up their morale with sex slaves, particularly a direct result of Japan's colonial rule over Korea and its policy of obliterating the Korean nation.

Japan's Sinister Intention to Evade Its State Responsibility for Crime of Sex Slavery

Japan is bent on refusing to recognize its legal and moral state responsibility for the sex slavery.

Entering the 1980s, the facts of the crime of sex slavery, which had been kept in darkness for over half a century after Japan's defeat in World War Ⅱ, began to be revealed by the historical documents and testimonies of a large number of victims. In this situation, in August 1993, the then chief cabinet secretary, Kono, issued a statement of "asking pardon", as the recruitment of "comfort women" had been conducted by private dealers at the request of the military, mainly in a coercive manner and sometimes with the involvement of public servants.

The point of the statement was that, as the recruitment was mainly done by individual civilians by means of force and some officials were involved by mistake, it was proper to say "sorry", not "apology".

Furthermore, the Japanese government recently moves to deny its heinous sex slavery crimes entirely, casting aside even a "pardon" and insisting that "any warring country recruited 'comfort women'" and that "the prostitutes volunteered for money".

It not only removed the words such as "camp-following comfort women" and "forceful abduction" from the history textbooks for its high schools, but also insisted on revision of other countries' history textbooks, saying that the textbooks contained materials "conflicted with the facts".

Last year, in opposition to the discussion at the UNESCO on inscribing the sex slavery-related documents on the Memory of the World Register, it threatened and blackmailed the international organization, saying that it would suspend paying its share of contribution to it and it would withdraw from it.

This is a reflection of the way of thinking of the "economic animal" that it can resolve everything with money.

Then, why does Japan so desperately try to evade its state responsibility for its bloody, crime-ridden history? Is it because of the inborn character of the insular nation that hates self-reflection upon its wrongdoings? Nay, that explanation is not enough.

Underlying it is its intention to repeat its history of aggression and crime by training not only the rising generations but also all its citizens in the spirit of revanchism and militarism.

On January 14, 2018, one of the Japanese newspapers reported that in the nation-wide opinion poll 83 per cent of the Japanese citizens "supported" Abe's reckless remark that he would not make an iota of concession in connection with the behind-the-scene "agreement" between him and Park Geun Hye's "government" of south Korea on the sex slavery.

The trustworthiness of the opinion poll is doubtful, but if it is true by any chance, the moral despicability of the Japanese citizens are quite shocking as they have not a bit of shamefulness and guilty conscience about their preceding generations' crime of mentally and physically violating hundreds of thousands of women from countries under their colonial rule.

The former German president, Richard von Weizsacker said:

One who has no will to correct his mistakes of the past fails to understand where he is today and why he is in that place. He who ignores his past repeats his past any time.

Herein lies the dangerous nature of Japan that insists on denying its bloody, crime-ridden history.

For that reason, the international community vehemently denounces the Abe government for making frantic efforts to repeat Japan's crime-woven past by turning Japanese citizens into brutes in human skin again.

In August 2014, the UN Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) demanded that the Japanese government make full reparation to the victims of sex slavery and bring a trial against those who were involved in it. And in May 2017, the UN Human Rights Council issued a report condemning the Japanese government for passing through national examination the history textbooks that distort the crime of sex slavery.

Statues of girls and memorials to sex slaves have been set up one after another in Germany, Singapore, Canada and other countries and parts of the world. Given fierce international outcry over Japan's heinous violation of women's human rights, even the United States is unwilling to take its junior ally's side.

However strongly it advocates "women's human rights" and whatever cunning tricks it employs, Japan cannot cover up its past crimes for the sex slavery--the A-class state-sponsored crime against humanity that has left an indelible mark in mankind's history.

The more Japan tries to conceal its crimes, the greater the punishment will be. Crimes against humanity have no statute of limitations.

If Japan refuses to reflect honestly on the nation's wrongful past and make a sincere apology for its past crime, it will continue to be subjected to strong international condemnation and it cannot evade the responsibility for the disgraceful crime of sex slavery. -0-

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

KCNA Commentary Blasts Confrontational Acts of Rejects of Times

Pyongyang, February 20 (KCNA) -- Embarrassed by the DPRK spearheading the situation for improvement of the north-south relations, the conservative group of south Korea has gone desperate in the moves to check its splashing impact.

Hong Jun Phyo and other men of the "Liberal Korea Party" are blaming the "government", claiming that it has been taken in by "the north's disturbance tactics" to make a mistake of neutralizing the network for applying the UN sanctions on the north and that visit to the north before its nuclear dismantlement will be evidently an enemy-benefiting act as it will be tantamount to congratulating the nuclear development.

On February 17, Hong made such invective that the "government is making Phyongchang Olympics Pyongyang Olympics, being deceived by the north's camouflaged peace offensive, and pursuing the pro-north policy hostile toward allies U.S. and Japan."

Chosun Ilbo, Dong-A Ilbo and other conservative media continue spouting vituperation that the "north is lording it over the Olympics as if it is host" and "it has a concealed intention to induce easing sanctions on the north and contradiction between the south and the U.S." In the meantime, the conservative riff-raffs follow wherever our personnel go to hold anti-DPRK rallies.

The thoughtless acts of the conservative group including the "Liberal Korea Party" are nothing but last-ditch struggling of the rejects of the times driven into the cliff of destruction, being marginalized by the strong trend for national reconciliation and unity.

The art performance of the north's artistes, which made impressive artistic representation of the fact that the Korean nation with the one and the same blood, language and culture can surely achieve peace of the Korean Peninsula and prosperity common to the nation if it courageously advances by pooling intention and will, and the loud chanting of "We are one" made by the cheering group and the response of the south Koreans to it seem to have been heard as death-bell by the anti-reunification forces.

To the conservative forces staking their fate on the national division while clinging to the U.S., the daily mounting atmosphere for north-south reconciliation and reunification can not but be death-like nightmare.

That's why the group of traitors is making desperate efforts to chill the hard-won atmosphere for north-south ties, being indifferent to whether the Olympics is disrupted or a war breaks out, only to maintain its dirty remaining days.

Hong Jun Phyo, Jo Won Jin and other die-hard conservatives' wild vituperation to check the trend for the national reconciliation and unity will only disclose their true nature as despicable imbeciles in human shape, to say nothing of being worth fellow countrymen.

The south Korean authorities should never allow the current atmosphere for reconciliation and dialogue to be undermined and the evil cycle of confrontation between fellow countrymen to repeat itself due to the hysterical act of a handful of conservatives.

The entire nation should courageously turn out in the struggle to throw overboard the group of traitors, mindful that rooting out the conservative forces including the LKP, a poisonous mushroom and cancer-like entity in the way of achieving reunification, is the way for accelerating peace and reunification. -0-

Why People's Korea has one of the lowest divorce rates in the world!-special article by ASSPUK, JISGE and UK KFA


 Visiting the Democratic People's Republic of Korea  many times , I never met anyone who was divorced  . This seems surprising when you consider that in the UK and other capitalist countries divorce is very common. In the UK it is used to be 1 in 3 marriages ended up in divorce , now it is said that 1 in 2 marriages ends in divorce.
  Divorce and family breakdown in the capitalist countries is a big social problem.
Here are the statistics. In the DPRK in 2016 there were  only 2,000 cases of divorce and up to October 2017 there were 1,700 cases . In the UK in 2016 there were 106,959 cases of divorce , 53 times higher than the DPRK !. In the US there was a massive 813,000 divorces in 2016 .In south Korea the number of divorces was 107,000 , again about 53 times the number in the DPRK .  It should be added in south Korea the marriage rate and birth rate are very low.
These statistics reflect the superiority of the Juche -based socialist system which guarantees stable material conditions for the family and marriage.
 What are the reasons why the DPRK has a low divorce rate ? Firstly , marriage and the family are protected by law in the DPRK . Secondly , there is full employment in the DPRK and virtually free housing. In the capitalist countries unemployment and/or financial difficulties is a big cause of marriage breakup. Thirdly, in the capitalist countries individualism and narcissism coupled with consumerism , greed , mammonism etc , ruin many people's marriages. Fourthly , the DPRK has no sex industry or pornography which is a factor in undermining marriage. In the so-called liberal capitalist countries , the oversexualised culture promoted by the capitalist monopolies leads to women being regarded as sexual objects by men. In the DPRK men respect women and vice-versa .
  Thus unlike the capitalist countries the DPRK has a stable family life.

3rd International Songun Conference Held in Dhaka, Bangladesh 15 February 2018

Chief guest was C.P. Mainali, general secretary of Communist party of Nepal, former deputy prime minister of govt. of Nepal, special guest was Suneet Chopra, secretary general of all India indo - Korea friendship association, key speaker was Javaid Ahmad ,President, Kuwait journalists association, moderator was P.R. Pant
Important discussants were Dr. Prof. Faruque haolader of Islamic university of technology, OIC and prof.moh'd younous ali gazi of al mustofa international university, Iran
.. 20,000 signatures were collected in  solidarity with  D P R Korea and handed over to ambassador of dpr Korea in Bangladesh. Nepal, India, Kuwait, Bangladesh, Iran, Cameroon attended the conference and Skype participated UK,USA, Mali, Brazil, Singapore, Kenya, and Canada .14 th February was 3 rd tricontinental solidarity campaign conference in barisal and 15 February was the 3 rd international songun study conference in Dhaka

Monday, 19 February 2018

KCNA Commentary on U.S. Moves to Resume Joint Military Exercises after Olympics

Pyongyang, February 19 (KCNA) -- Displeased with the atmosphere for detente being created on the Korean peninsula thanks to the peace-loving and proactive measure taken by the DPRK, the U.S. is openly going against it.

A typical example is the recent bluffing made by the U.S. charge d'affaires a.i. to south Korea, who at the instigation of the Trump group openly hinted that the joint military exercises with south Korea would be conducted as usual after the Winter Olympics and the issue of postponing the military exercises further has not yet been discussed.

The Trump group's racket for resuming the war exercises is a wild act of ruthlessly trampling even a small sprout of peace that has been now seen on the Korean peninsula, and it is a provocative act of chilling the active efforts of the DPRK and enthusiasm of the international community to defuse tension and create a peaceful environment.

This proves that the U.S. war shadow expected to loom after the Olympics has begun to be activated in its practical phase, not just as a hypothesis.

It is a well-known fact that whenever the DPRK-targeted U.S.-south Korea joint military exercises were held, the peace and security on the Korean peninsula were seriously threatened and hard-won atmosphere for reconciliation and cooperation between the north and the south were spoilt in a moment.

What is more serious is that the Trump group recently announced it would expand the scope of the use of nuclear weapons so that they can be used even at the time of conventional weapon attack on the U.S. and its "allies", and the shipment of huge nuclear strategic hardware to and around the Korean peninsula is timed to coincide with this.

This has touched off the worldwide concerns. Lots of media and experts of the world are now worried that the resumption of the large-scale joint military exercises by the U.S. after the Winter Olympics would without doubt rattle the DPRK and chill the north-south ties that are showing positive sign, and would again push the regional situation to the extremes.

We have already clarified that we will resolutely counter any act of harassing peace and security on the Korean peninsula, and this is by no means any rhetorical threat.

However valuable the improvement of the north-south ties and the peaceful environment may be, the army and people of the DPRK will never remain an onlooker to the gangster-like acts aimed to encroach upon the security and interests of a sovereign state and to interfere in its internal affairs. The U.S. has to clearly understand this.

It is the principled stand and unshakable will of the army and people of the DPRK to counter provocation by prompt counterstrike.

The DPRK which has towered as a new strategic state will never flinch even an inch back from the path of defending independence and justice.

The Trump group has to ponder over the catastrophic consequence to be entailed by its reckless saber-rattling, and make a responsible choice. -0-

U.S. Is Left with Little Option: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, February 19 (KCNA) -- Recently the Trump group claimed that they can not but have recourse to a military option unless the "nuclear issue of the DPRK" is solved in a diplomatic way, which deserves serious attention.

On a number of occasions Trump hinted quite often at the possibility of the use of military muscle, uttering that options to solve the DPRK's nuclear issue involve both military and non-military ways and he wants to have the issue solved in a peaceful manner but there is a strong likelihood of solving the issue otherwise.

His confidants, including the vice-president and the secretaries of State and Defense, are vying with each other to build a world public opinion, prattling that if the DPRK doesn't select the road of dialogue and negotiations, they will pull the trigger for a military action and that they will solve the issue in a military way unless diplomacy succeeds.

At a time when the trend for improved inter-Korean relations is created on the Korean peninsula and the wish of the international community for peace and stability grows stronger thanks to the DPRK's pro-active efforts, it's hard to understand for the U.S. to tout a military option premised on the failure of what they called diplomatic ways.

It is obviously an expression of a hideous attempt to block the improvement of inter-Korean relations and again coil up the military tension on the Korean peninsula.

The U.S. tries to put a brake on the DPRK's additional military steps by threatening the latter with belligerent remarks and further inveigle south Korea and neighboring countries worrying about a war into the racket of sanctions and pressure against the DPRK and secure a justification for a risky preemptive attack in an extreme case. This is the U.S. aim at killing three birds with one stone.

But such nonsense won't work on the DPRK.

The DPRK is fully ready for both dialogue and war.

The whole world knows this fact but why the U.S. is unaware of it.

It is naive and foolhardy for the U.S. to hurt Juche Korea, unaware of its faith, will and grits.

The Trump group driven into a tight corner within and without is tying to seek a way out by triggering a war on the Korean peninsula at any cost.

The army and people of the DPRK are full of strength and will to teach the U.S. with resolute and merciless punishment that the latter's reckless military option will never offer a way to survive.

The Trump group spouted jargons that tourists should write a will before making a trip to the DPRK. If the U.S. dares to ignite a war against the DPRK, there will be left no one to keep a written will and bury a coffin. This is the answer of the DPRK.

The U.S. is left with little option. -0-

Sunday, 18 February 2018

KCNA Commentary Slams Vicious Farce of Trump Group

Pyongyang, February 18 (KCNA) -- The Trump group has become extremely embarrassed by the atmosphere for inter-Korean reconciliation daily mounting as occasioned by the 23rd Winter Olympics.

A typical example is the "possibility of defection" of our personnel dispatched to the south which is given much publicity through U.S. media.

CNN and CBS of the U.S. reported that more than 500 north Koreans are staying in south Korea, "better-off and free", and the north side authorities are closely monitoring them because of the possibility of their "defection" during the Olympics.

They even said that north Korean athletes attempted "defection" in the middle of international games in the past, adding if the similar thing happens, the north can not but be embarrassed and the south side authorities may be put in an awkward situation.

By putting into use the defectors of sportsperson and artiste origin, they went vicious to shake the pure minds of our people through such rhetoric as "round-the-clock surveillance" and "the first look at the rich and democratic neighbor".

The rubbish made by CNN and CBS is a hideous anti-DPRK farce being orchestrated at the instruction and under the manipulation by the Trump group including the Central Intelligence Agency, upset by the present north-south relations wrapped by enthusiasm for reconciliation and unity.

In his recent "state of the union address", Trump viciously slandered the DPRK while raising "human rights issue". Not content with it, he met "defectors from the north", and the vice-president visiting south Korea took human scum to the "Warship Cheonan Memorial" where he made vituperation against the DPRK, shocking the world.

The wild act of the Trump group keen on turning the Olympics, symbol of peace, into a theatre for confrontation with the DPRK would only reveal its dirty nature as the kingpin of plot-breeding.

The Trump group bluffed about "calm before storm" and "fire and fury". Now it is using such human scum for the petty scheme.

Tragic is that the Trump group is going reckless, not realizing the transparent faith of the Korean people in socialism which can never be imitated, their mental power based on single-minded unity and the Koreans' strong desire for improved north-south ties and reunification.

The Trump group had better not exhaust themselves, giving up the pipe dream of "collapse of the system in the north" which can never come true.

It has to bear in mind that the south Koreans and all other Koreans see through the dirty nature of the U.S. as a cancer-like entity standing in the way of peace and reunification of the Korean peninsula in its perverse and obstructive acts of chilling the efforts for the improvement of the north-south ties.

The U.S. must no longer go arrogant to interfere in the internal affairs of the Korean nation. -0-