calendar>>March 13. 2012 Juch 101
Minju Joson Japan Must Settle Its Past Crimes
Pyongyang, March 13 (KCNA) -- Japan must redeem its past crimes including the sexual slavery for the imperial Japanese army.

Minju Joson Tuesday says this in a bylined commentary.

The Japanese reactionaries have denied all their crimes and persistently evaded the responsibility for them, though over 60 years have passed since the end of war, the commentary says, and goes on:

They have sought to shirk the state responsibility for the comfort women issue by describing it as a deed done by "individual prostitute businessmen". Some did not scruple to make such a reckless remark that the comfort women "volunteered to the job to make money".

Some time ago, the head of Seoul branch of Japan's Sankei Shimbun defiled the comfort women victims, calling them "prostitutes". He even contributed to a magazine an article which said they have received sort of treatment. This touched off broad public anger.

This shows that the Japanese reactionaries are coldhearted persons bereft of conscience and morality.

Their insincere attitude towards Japan's past crimes is a blatant challenge to the international community calling for their reparation for the past crimes. This will only add to their past crimes.

They are seriously mistaken if they think they can shirk the responsibility for the crimes.

They should be honest before the history and truth and opt for making an apology and reparation as soon as possible.

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