Japan courts self-destruction


The Japanese chief executive visited the Yasukuni Shrine on Dec. 26, despite strong opposition of the international community. After the visit, he told reporters about "sorrow over the fallen Japanese", praying for the souls of war criminals.

This is tantamount to a declaration of war against the peoples in Asia and the rest of the world.

The Yasukuni Shrine, which enshrines class-A war criminals, is symbolic of Japan's militarism that had brought great calamities to Asia.

The visit to the shrine and remarks made by the chief executive of Japan have something in common with the actions of those war criminals in the past, who had been hell-bent on invasion of Korea and other Asian nations, calling for "conquest of Korea" and "new order in Greater East Asia".

Japan has now turned into a war state deviating to the right and fascism.

It adopted new "defence programme guidelines", midterm defence capability buildup outline and the national security strategy, the first of its kind in the country, consolidating legal and institutional preparations for another aggression.

Not content with the present large military expenditure, Japan has increased its military budget for the next year 2.8 percent to cement its material and technical foundation for a war.

The chief executive of Japan made the first step towards militarization by denying its crime-woven past on December 26 last year, and visited the Yasukuni Shrine on the same day this year, announcing the revival of Japan as a war state to the world public.

His visit is nothing but another declaration of Japan's defeat. In the last century the fascists met a miserable end though they ran amuck to mercilessly trample down the interests of Asian nations.

The visit to the shrine by the ultra-rightist forces of Japan led by Abe is arousing criticism from among not only the Asian peoples but also its master and domestic supporters.

Japan has already gone bankrupt in political, diplomatic and moral aspects.

It is as clear as noonday that if the reckless scheme of the reactionaries in Japan leads to a physical action, it will face a final ruin politically, economically and militarily.

Only the destruction is in store for Japan, if its authorities are bereft of such elementary reason as to lend their ears to the warnings and advices of the world community. 

(KCNA - December 30, 2013) 

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