calendar>>November 27. 2008 Juche 97
Japan Urged to Opt for Settling Its Past Crimes
Pyongyang, November 26 (KCNA) -- Recently a court of Taiwan unanimously adopted a decision demanding that Japan apologize for forcing women into sexual slavery during World War II and make reparations to the victims. It also made a ruling demanding that the Japanese government make an official apology and reparation to a woman of Taiwan who was forced to provide sex to troops of the Imperial Japanese Army at that time and reinstate her honor and dignity.

Minju Joson Wednesday says in a signed commentary carried in this regard:

The above-said measure reflects not only the will and demand of an individual but also the trend of the international community strongly urging Japan to redress its past crimes.

If Japan has even an iota of conscience, it should yield to the strong demand of the international community and honestly repent of its past crimes.

It is, however, talking nonsense that the past Japanese government and military had never been involved in drafting "comfort women" for the Imperial Japanese Army and the issue of those women was "a product of voluntary prostitution" and the like. It went the lengths of negating even "Kono statement" on the issue of the "comfort women" for the Imperial Japanese Army in which the crime was admitted.

Japan drafted a large number of Asian women including Koreans, violating their chastity and dignity, and furthermore, brutally killing them, but it has not yet redressed these crimes but resorted to all sorts of sleight of hand in a bid to keep these wrongs buried into oblivion. This attitude of the Japanese reactionaries is nothing but unimaginable crimes against humanity which can be perpetrated only by those who are bereft of everything human.

Japan is apt to oft-repeat that it should play "a leading role" in the international community and become a "responsible state" for "peace" and so on.

The world has already been bored with the wordplay of Japan. What the international community wants to urge Japan is to stop uttering specious words and redress all the crimes committed by it against humankind in the past.

This is the only way for Japan to remain a member of the international community.

Japan had better opt for settling its past crimes as soon as possible, bearing deep in mind that it will have no future unless it redeems its past wrongs.

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