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Rodong Sinmun Slams Japan's Moves for Retrogressive Revision of Constitution
Pyongyang, May 18 (KCNA) -- The Japanese reactionaries' moves to revise the Constitution that started since the demise of the era of Cold War have entered the phase of clearing its last hurdle. A typical example of this is its plan to rename the "Self-Defense Forces" "National Defense Forces".

Rodong Sinmun observes in a bylined article Friday in this regard:

The Japanese reactionary forces' attempt is a very dangerous and reckless action to revive the fascist forces for aggression and re-emerge a war state.

The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP) included the above-said renaming in the proposed amendment to the Constitution in a bid to realize Japan's long-harbored ambition for reinvasion at any cost, the article notes, and goes on:

The above-said move is little short of an open declaration that their forces have a legal right to wage a war and launch reinvasion.

The greatest danger in the LDP-proposed amendment to the Constitution is that the designation of the Japanese emperor as "head of state" and renaming of armed forces were raised at one time. This goes to prove that the Japanese reactionaries have disclosed their intention to make the "National Defense Forces" a war appendage and tool of the Japanese imperial system to be restored.

The LDP's attempt to rename the armed forces is a blatant challenge to human conscience which loves justice and peace.

Still fresh in the memory of Asian countries including Korea and many other countries of the world is the damage done by the Japanese imperialists in the past. The world is strongly opposed to treating Japan as a "normal state".

If Japan restores its imperial system and retrogressively renames its armed forces, this will heightens the vigilance of the international community against it.

Japan would be well advised to stop such folly as precipitating its self- destruction.

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