Japan advised to remember bitter lesson of aggression

Illustration: Japan advised to remember bitter lesson of aggression
(Illustration Credit Pyongyang Times)

By Choe Yong Nam

Recently, a photo showing the Japanese defence minister's office with a map of Korea and the "flag of rising sun" pinned on a wall side by side was made public.

Experts and media outlets commented that this shows Japan is paying "special attention" to the Korean peninsula.

Japan has increased its military capability to the largest next to the US in the West, while playing up the theory of "threat from north Korea".

It is a widely known fact that Japan, which is forbidden to have a regular army to say nothing of the rights of belligerency, has already become one of the five most powerful military entities in the world.

The publication of the photo of the office scene is just the revelation of Japan’s thirst for occupying Korea.

When this gave rise to much controversy, an official of the defence ministry appeared before the public to make such a poor excuse that the map of the Korean peninsula had been hung on the wall for a long time and it is one of many maps in the room and has no special meaning.

However, this explanation has aroused more doubts.

His remarks at face value mean that there are many other maps constantly hung on the defence minister’s office. Without doubt the maps in the high-ranking military official’s room are not wall decorations or trinkets.

The recent case served as an occasion for the neighbouring countries to be more vigilant about Japan.

Having once provoked a war of aggression dreaming the pipedream of the "Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere", a phantasy of "liberating" Asian countries from Western powers, Japan has not yet given up the wild dream of the militarist era and is watching for a chance of reinvasion.

The time has changed and Korea is not the one it used to be. Japan had better try not to forget the lesson from its past aggression.

(Pyongyang Times - June 5, 2020)
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