Korean Grudge on Japanese Cover-up

'Law on national mobilization' a tool for Japanese colonialism

Central Class Education House, Pyongyang

Central Class Education House, Pyongyang, exhibits materials of past crimes committed by Japan during their military occupation of Korea from 1905 to 1945. The Japanese imperialists killed over one million Koreans, forcibly drafted 8.4 million people and forced more than 200 000 women to serve as sexual slaves. (File Photo Rodong Sinmun)

On April 1 1938, the Japanese imperialists cooked up and promulgated the "law on national mobilization", a fascist and depredatory law for exploiting all human and material resources for their war of aggression.

The law, which was concocted by the Konoe cabinet in its first term, was a draconian wartime law for enforcing all economic activities as required by the wartime and tackling the labour and material shortages with the power of ruling organs.

The Japanese imperialists enforced the law in Korea from May 1938 by setting a preparatory stage and applied it in 1940 in real earnest while expanding the scope of its application more rapidly.

They brought pain and death to the Koreans by taking away many of them as cannon fodder for the aggressive war, took them to the sites of forced labour and used them as sexual slaves by invoking the criminal law. The Japanese worked the Koreans too hard by increasing their labour intensity and prolonging working hours unlimitedly, and totally seized all agricultural produce.

On the basis of the law, they fabricated the "national personal service drafting law" in 1939 and other draconian laws to plunder human and material resources completely from Korea.

This notwithstanding, the Japanese authorities and right-wing politicians said that there was no evidence proving the forcible drafting of Koreans and are trying to infuse rising generations with distorted view by dint of the history textbooks which are consistent with embellishment and fabrication.

The laws Japan had hatched against other Asian countries including Korea while talking about "legality" even at present also included the "law on Korean banks" which was promulgated in March 1911, the "regulations of consular jurisdiction in China's Jiandao", which was geared to tightening up colonial rule over the area and strengthening crackdown upon the anti-Japanese movement of the Korean people, and the "plan for encouraging sheep raising" which was initiated in March 1934 in an attempt to seize raw materials for war industry.

The laws fabricated by imperialist Japan were heinously unethical and anti-human rights draconian laws which mercilessly trampled down upon the rights to existence and development and freedom of the peoples in its colonies and subordinated everything to the execution of war of aggression.

Moreover, the present Japanese authorities are severely infringing democratic national rights and right to existence of Koreans in Japan, victims of forcible drafting and their descendants.

Lurking behind Japan’s vicious anti-DPRK and anti-Chongryon moves is its impure purpose to divert the spearheads of harsh criticism and denunciation from the international community and, furthermore, achieve the old dream of the "Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere" by speeding up the building of a military giant after burying forever its blood-stained past.

Every sin brings its punishment with it and virtue brings its rewards.

The more viciously Japan works to cover up historical fact, the stronger the anti-Japanese determination of the Korean people will become, a resolve to wreak their long-standing grudge on it.

(Pyongyang Times)


  1. Japan must have a clear understanding of its past criminal acts against the Korean people and make sincere apology and due reparation to them, the KKF Online said this in the article "Wartime Laws for Aggression and Plunder" published on the same day.


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