Japan Can Neither Cover Up Nor Erase Crime

Class Education House in North Hamyaong Province

Class Education House in North Hamyaong Province. (Photo Credit Uriminzokkiri)

Rule by resident-general designed to pave way for colonization

Japan came out with the "theory of the conquest of Korea" by force of arms in the mid-19th century and aggressively pursued a colonial enslavement policy.

In November 1905, it forced the feudal Joson dynasty to sign the Ulsa five-point treaty by dint of military threat, blackmail, deception and trick in a terror-charged atmosphere created by mobilizing huge armed forces. And it issued royal edict No. 267 on establishing the residency-general and its subsidiaries.

Accordingly, Japan set up the "residency-general in Korea" in Kyongsong (today's Seoul) on February 1 1906 and appointed Ito Hirobumi as the first resident-general.

The resident-general had the authority to suspend and cancel the ordinances and treaties on diplomatic relations of Korea and to arrest the Koreans by promulgating an order of the residency-general and to order the use of armed forces.

Japan exercised colonial dominion over whole Korea by relying on the residency-general.

In the course of this, it cooked up the Jongmi seven-point treaty in order to totally seize the right of home administration of the Korean feudal government ranging from judicature to legislation, administration and personal management and to ensure the control of every field by the Japanese, thus completely paralysing the functions of the government.

The residency-general issued an "ordinance on primary school" to force colonial slave education and an "ordinance on public school" to forcibly shut down private schools with anti-Japanese tendency.

Along with this, it enacted the "law on newspaper" to deprive the Koreans of freedom of speech and publication, while ruthlessly oppressing anti-Japanese and patriotic papers, and established a system for massive expropriation of land and agricultural products under the pretext of "development" in every field including agriculture, industry, mining and transport. It also enforced the enslavement policy in such fields as mining, forestry, fishery and finance.

Japan sent large numbers of troops to Korea to impose the rule by resident-general and massacred the Koreans under the pretext of cracking down on anti-Japanese Righteous Volunteers.

A foreign journalist who was staying in Korea at that time kept a record that the Japanese troops set fire to things everywhere they went and killed lots of Koreans on suspicion of helping the army of rioters (anti-Japanese Righteous Volunteers).

Although 115 years have passed since the residency-general was set up, even the long lapse of time can neither cover up nor erase Japan's despicable crime.

Japan should make a sincere apology and reparations for its past wrongdoings.

(Pyongyang Times - February 6, 2021)

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